alcohol

Alcohol is a distilled or fermented drink that can make you drunk. Beer, wine and vodka are all kinds of alcohol.

Scientifically, alcohol is a liquid made up of distilled hydrocarbons that's also known as ethyl alcohol or ethanol — the same stuff found in solvents and car fuel. At the bar, alcohol is something you drink (as long as you're at least 21). Alcoholic beverages like whiskey and lager are produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugar and starches and have the power to make a person intoxicated.

Definitions of alcohol
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n any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation

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methanol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood spirit
a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol; used as an antifreeze and solvent and fuel and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol
ethanol, ethyl alcohol, fermentation alcohol, grain alcohol
the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; used pure or denatured as a solvent or in medicines and colognes and cleaning solutions and rocket fuel; proposed as a renewable clean-burning additive to gasoline
isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol
alcohol used as antifreeze or a solvent
allyl alcohol, propenyl alcohol
an unsaturated primary alcohol present in wood spirit; use to make resins and plasticizers and pharmaceuticals
amyl alcohol
a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis
butanol, butyl alcohol
a flammable alcohol derived from butanes and used for solvents
cyclohexanol
a colorless oily alcohol that smells like camphor
dihydric alcohol, diol, glycol
any of a class of alcohols having 2 hydroxyl groups in each molecule
glycerin, glycerine, glycerol
a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
1-dodecanol, lauryl alcohol
a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals
propanol, propyl alcohol
a clear colorless volatile liquid (alcohol) used as a solvent and antiseptic
steroid alcohol, sterol
any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances
spirits of wine
rectified ethyl alcohol
absolute alcohol
pure ethyl alcohol (containing no more than 1% water)
denatured alcohol
ethyl alcohol that is unfit for drinking but is still useful for other purposes
cholesterin, cholesterol
an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
ergosterol
a plant sterol that is converted into vitamin D by ultraviolet radiation
Type of:
liquid
a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure

n a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

alcohol (or drink) ruined him”
Synonyms:
alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
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proof spirit
a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
home brew, homebrew
an alcoholic beverage (especially beer) made at home
hooch, hootch
an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor
kava, kavakava
an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
aperitif
alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
brew, brewage
drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
rice beer, sake, saki
Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
nipa
made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
vino, wine
fermented juice (of grapes especially)
John Barleycorn, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, liquor, spirits, strong drink
an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
ethyl alcohol, neutral spirits
nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs
pulque
fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
cordial, liqueur
strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
mixed drink
made of two or more ingredients
hard cider
alcoholic drink from fermented cider; `cider' and `cyder' are European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage
perry
a fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider
rotgut
any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality
slug
an amount of an alcoholic drink (usually liquor) that is poured or gulped
koumiss, kumis
an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia
beer
a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
kvass
fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
mead
made of fermented honey and water
vintage
a season's yield of wine from a vineyard
red wine
wine having a red color derived from skins of dark-colored grapes
white wine
pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
blush wine, pink wine, rose, rose wine
pinkish table wine from red grapes whose skins were removed after fermentation began
altar wine, sacramental wine
used in a communion service
sparkling wine
effervescent wine
Burgundy, Burgundy wine
red table wine from the Burgundy region of France (or any similar wine made elsewhere)
Bordeaux, Bordeaux wine
any of several red or white wines produced around Bordeaux, France or wines resembling them
California wine
any of various wines produced in California
Cotes de Provence
a wine from southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast
dessert wine
still sweet wine often served with dessert or after a meal
Dubonnet
(trademark) a sweet aromatic French wine (red or white) used chiefly as an aperitif
jug wine
inexpensive wine sold in large bottles or jugs
macon, maconnais
fine Burgundy wine usually white and dry
plonk
a cheap wine of inferior quality
retsina
Greek wine flavored with resin
Rhone wine
any of various wines from the Rhone River valley in France
table wine
wine containing not more than 14 percent alcohol usually served with a meal
Tokay
Hungarian wine made from Tokay grapes
vermouth
any of several white wines flavored with aromatic herbs; used as aperitifs or in mixed drinks
generic, generic wine
a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape
varietal, varietal wine
a wine made principally from one grape and carrying the name of that grape
fortified wine
wine to which alcohol (usually grape brandy) has been added
aqua vitae, ardent spirits
strong distilled liquor or brandy
akvavit, aquavit
Scandinavian liquor usually flavored with caraway seeds
arak, arrack
any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses
bitters
alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots
brandy
distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice
gin
strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
ouzo
a Greek liquor flavored with anise
rum
liquor distilled from fermented molasses
schnapps, schnaps
any of various strong liquors especially a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
mescal
a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of the genus Agavaceae (especially the century plant)
tequila
Mexican liquor made from fermented juices of an agave plant
vodka
unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia
whiskey, whisky
a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
firewater
any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)
absinth, absinthe
strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
amaretto
an Italian almond liqueur
anisette, anisette de Bordeaux
liquorice-flavored usually colorless sweet liqueur made from aniseed
benedictine
a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks
Chartreuse
aromatic green or yellow liqueur flavored with orange peel and hyssop and peppermint oils; made at monastery near Grenoble, France
coffee liqueur
coffee-flavored liqueur
creme de cacao
sweet liqueur flavored with vanilla and cacao beans
creme de menthe
sweet green or white mint-flavored liqueur
creme de fraise
strawberry-flavored liqueur
Drambuie
a sweet Scotch whisky liqueur
Galliano
golden Italian liqueur flavored with herbs
orange liqueur
liqueur flavored with orange
kummel
liqueur flavored with caraway seed or cumin
maraschino, maraschino liqueur
distilled from fermented juice of bitter wild marasca cherries
pastis
similar to absinthe but containing no wormwood
Pernod
(registered trademark) a liqueur flavored with anise
pousse-cafe
small drink served after dinner (especially several liqueurs poured carefully so as to remain in separate layers)
ratafee, ratafia
sweet liqueur made from wine and brandy flavored with plum or peach or apricot kernels and bitter almonds
sambuca
an Italian liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice
cocktail
a short mixed drink
Dom Pedro
South African mixed drink made by mixing ice cream with whisky
highball
a mixed drink made of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass
spritzer
a mixed drink made of wine mixed with a sparkling water
flip
hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
swizzle
any of various tall frothy mixed drinks made usually of rum and lime juice and sugar shaken with ice
hot toddy, toddy
a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
pruno
a liquor concocted from a mixture of ingredients (such as prunes and raisins and milk and sugar) that can be fermented to produce alcohol; made by prison inmates
lacing
a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage
mulled wine
wine heated with sugar and spices and often citrus fruit
buck's fizz, mimosa
a mixed drink containing champagne and orange juice
pina colada
a mixed drink made of pineapple juice and coconut cream and rum
punch
an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
cassiri
a drink resembling beer; made from fermented cassava juice
spruce beer
a brew made by fermenting molasses and other sugars with the sap of spruce trees (sometimes with malt)
rickey
a mixed drink made of sweetened lime juice and soda water usually with liquor
Type of:
drug of abuse, street drug
a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
any liquid suitable for drinking

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