Definition of Grain alcohol

1. Noun. 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.

Medical Definition of Grain alcohol

1. An organic chemical containing one or more hydroxyl groups. Alcohols can be liquids, semisolids or solids at room temperature. Common alcohols include ethanol (the type found in alcoholic beverages) methanol (found in methylated spirit and can cause blindness and other nervous system damage if ingested) and propanol. (06 May 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Grain Alcohol

graham bread
graham cracker
graham flour
grain alcohol (current term)
grain boundary
grain elevator
grain elevators
grain field
grain itch
grain merchant
grain moth
grain of salt
grain refiner
grain refiners
grain sorghum
grain whisky

Literary usage of Grain alcohol

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"It burns with a flame resembling that of grain alcohol, ... It is far cheaper than pure grain alcohol, because there is no excise tax upon it; ..."

2. The Microscope: An Introduction to Microscopic Methods and to Histology by Simon Henry Gage (1920)
"This is ethyl or grain alcohol rendered undrinkable by the addition of wood ... In Great Britain "Methylated Spirits" consists of grain alcohol with 10 ..."

3. A Textbook of Organic Chemistry by Joseph Scudder Chamberlain (1921)
"Ethyl Alcohol Ethanol grain alcohol Alcoholic Fermentation. — The simple unqualified name alcohol applies to ethyl alcohol or ethanol. ..."

4. Therapeutic Gazette (1905)
"Wood alcohol is used primarily as a solvent, but it can be employed in place of ethyl (grain) alcohol wherever the latter is called for or specified. ..."

5. Special Bulletin by New York (State). Dept. of Labor (1912)
"With several exceptions, which contained Columbian Spirits or a high percentage of such, the solvent in the remaining varnishes was pure grain alcohol. ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention (1897)
"The Committee appeared quite anxious to learn from the experts before it if it were practicable to separate the wood alcohol from the grain alcohol in ..."

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