spirit of wine


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spirit of wine

n.
Rectified ethyl alcohol.
References in classic literature ?
Jones had naturally violent animal spirits: these being set on float and augmented by the spirit of wine, produced most extravagant effects.
Each pedestrian could see no halo but his or her own, which never deserted the head-shadow, whatever its vulgar unsteadiness might be; but adhered to it, and persistently beautified it; till the erratic motions seemed an inherent part of the irradiation, and the fumes of their breathing a component of the night's mist; and the spirit of the scene, and of the moonlight, and of Nature, seemed harmoniously to mingle with the spirit of wine.