Wine Wine, n. [OE. win, AS. win, fr. L. vinum (cf. Icel. v[=i]n; all from the Latin); akin to Gr. o'i^nos, ?, and E. withy. Cf. {Vine}, {Vineyard}, {Vinous}, {Withy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment. ``Red wine of Gascoigne.'' --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. --Prov. xx. 1. [1913 Webster]

Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Wine is essentially a dilute solution of ethyl alcohol, containing also certain small quantities of ethers and ethereal salts which give character and bouquet. According to their color, strength, taste, etc., wines are called {red}, {white}, {spirituous}, {dry}, {light}, {still}, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as, currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine. [1913 Webster]

3. The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication. [1913 Webster]

Noah awoke from his wine. --Gen. ix. 24. [1913 Webster]

{Birch wine}, {Cape wine}, etc. See under {Birch}, {Cape}, etc.

{Spirit of wine}. See under {Spirit}.

{To have drunk wine of ape} or {To have drunk wine ape}, to be so drunk as to be foolish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{Wine acid}. (Chem.) See {Tartaric acid}, under {Tartaric}. [Colloq.]

{Wine apple} (Bot.), a large red apple, with firm flesh and a rich, vinous flavor.

{Wine fly} (Zo["o]l.), small two-winged fly of the genus {Piophila}, whose larva lives in wine, cider, and other fermented liquors.

{Wine grower}, one who cultivates a vineyard and makes wine.

{Wine measure}, the measure by which wines and other spirits are sold, smaller than beer measure.

{Wine merchant}, a merchant who deals in wines.

{Wine of opium} (Pharm.), a solution of opium in aromatized sherry wine, having the same strength as ordinary laudanum; -- also {Sydenham's laudanum}.

{Wine press}, a machine or apparatus in which grapes are pressed to extract their juice.

{Wine skin}, a bottle or bag of skin, used, in various countries, for carrying wine.

{Wine stone}, a kind of crust deposited in wine casks. See 1st {Tartar}, 1.

{Wine vault}. (a) A vault where wine is stored. (b) A place where wine is served at the bar, or at tables; a dramshop. --Dickens.

{Wine vinegar}, vinegar made from wine.

{Wine whey}, whey made from milk coagulated by the use of wine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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