a colorless, volatile, flammable, poisonous liquid, CHOH, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood and synthesized chiefly from carbon monoxide and hydrogen: it is used in organic synthesis, as a fuel, solvent, and antifreeze, and in the manufacture of formaldehyde, smokeless powders, paints, etc.; methyl alcohol
Origin of methanolmethan(e) + -ol
A colorless, toxic, flammable liquid, CH3OH, used as an antifreeze, a general solvent, a fuel, and a denaturant for ethyl alcohol. Also called carbinol . Also called methyl alcohol . Also called wood alcohol . Also called wood spirits .
Origin of methanolmethan(e) -ol 1
(countable and uncountable, plural methanols)
From methane +"Ž -ol.