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Liquor vs. Liquid: What's the Difference?

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Liquor is an alcoholic drink, especially distilled spirits; Liquid is any substance with a flowing, fluid consistency.

Key Differences

Liquor and Liquid, while closely related in phonetic sound, differ substantially in their meanings. Liquor, in the most common context, refers to alcoholic beverages, specifically those that have been distilled, like whiskey or vodka. Liquid, on the other hand, is a broader term, signifying any substance that flows freely and changes shape at a steady rate.
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It's imperative to note that while all liquors are liquids, not all liquids are liquors. Liquor, being an alcoholic drink, has a particular consumption purpose, often recreational. Liquid, with its vast scope, can range from water to molten metal.
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Over the ages, the word "Liquor" has acquired cultural and social significances. Events like "Liquor bans" or "Liquor licenses" underline its importance in society. Liquid, due to its broad applicability, doesn't carry such specific cultural weight, but is vital in science, especially in physics and chemistry.
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Liquor, apart from its alcoholic connotation, can also be used in culinary contexts to describe rich liquid in which something is steeped or cooked. Liquid, maintaining its versatile nature, remains the go-to word to describe the state of matter between solid and gas.
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When dealing with health or legal matters, understanding the distinction is crucial. Consuming too much liquor can have health implications, and its sale is regulated in many places. Liquid, being a neutral term, lacks these connotations unless specified, like in "hazardous liquid."
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Alcoholic beverage, especially distilled spirits
Substance that flows freely
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Use

Consumption, recreational purposes
Wide-ranging, from drinking to industrial use
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Cultural Weight

Significant due to societal norms
Neutral, but vital in science
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States of Matter

Always in liquid form
Can exist in different forms (e.g. vapor)
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Examples

Whiskey, Vodka
Water, Oil, Air (when vaporized)
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Liquor and Liquid Definitions

Liquor

A solution of a substance, especially a concentrated one used in analysis
The chemist prepared a liquor of the compound for testing.
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Liquid

A substance that flows freely
Water is a clear liquid.
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Liquor

A strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and then distillation
Many people enjoy a glass of liquor in the evening.
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Liquid

The state of matter with a definite volume but no fixed shape
Ice turns into a liquid when it melts.
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Liquor

Liquid in which something has been steeped or cooked
The soup had a rich liquor after simmering for hours.
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Liquid

A substance in a wet or undried state
The artist used liquid paint for his masterpiece.
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Liquor

An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.
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Liquid

The state of matter in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow and little or no tendency to disperse, and is amorphous but has a fixed volume and is difficult to compress.
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Liquor

A rich broth resulting from the prolonged cooking of meat or vegetables, especially greens. Also called pot liquor.
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Liquid

Matter or a specific body of matter in this state.
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Liquor

An aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
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Liquid

(Linguistics) A consonant articulated without friction and capable of being prolonged like a vowel, such as English l and r.
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Liquor

A solution, emulsion, or suspension for industrial use.
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Liquid

Of or being a liquid.
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Liquor

To steep (malt, for example).
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Liquid

Melted by heating
Liquid wax.
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Liquor

(Slang) To make drunk with alcoholic liquor. Often used with up
Was all liquored up.
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Liquid

Condensed by cooling
Liquid oxygen.
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Liquor

(obsolete) A liquid, a fluid.
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Liquid

Flowing readily; fluid
Added milk to make the batter more liquid.
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Liquor

(obsolete) A drinkable liquid.
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Liquid

Having a flowing quality without harshness or abrupt breaks
Liquid prose.
The liquid movements of a ballet dancer.
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Liquor

A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
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Liquid

(Linguistics) Articulated without friction and capable of being prolonged like a vowel.
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Liquor

A parsley sauce commonly served with traditional pies and mash.
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Liquid

Clear and shining
The liquid brown eyes of a spaniel.
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Liquor

Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation; more broadly, any alcoholic drink.
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Liquid

Existing as or readily convertible into cash
Liquid assets.
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Liquor

In process industry, a liquid in which a desired reaction takes place, e.g. pulping liquor is a mixture of chemicals and water which breaks wood into its components, thus facilitating the extraction of cellulose.
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Liquid

A substance that is flowing, and keeping no shape, such as water; a substance of which the molecules, while not tending to separate from one another like those of a gas, readily change their relative position, and which therefore retains no definite shape, except that determined by the containing receptacle; an inelastic fluid.
A liquid can freeze to become a solid or evaporate into a gas.
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Liquor

A liquid in which something has been steeped.
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Liquid

(phonetics) Any of a class of consonant sounds that includes l and r.
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Liquor

(intransitive) To drink liquor, usually to excess.
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Liquid

Flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid and not gaseous; composed of particles that move freely among each other on the slightest pressure.
Liquid nitrogen
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Liquor

(transitive) To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
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Liquid

Easily sold or disposed of without losing value.
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Liquor

To grease.
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Liquid

Having sufficient trading activity to make buying or selling easy.
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Liquor

Any liquid substance, as water, milk, blood, sap, juice, or the like.
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Liquid

Flowing or sounding smoothly or without abrupt transitions or harsh tones.
A liquid melody
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Liquor

Specifically, alcoholic or spirituous fluid, either distilled or fermented, as brandy, wine, whisky, beer, etc.
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Liquid

(phonology) Belonging to a class of consonants comprised of the laterals and the rhotics, which in many languages behave similarly.
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Liquor

A solution of a medicinal substance in water; - distinguished from tincture and aqua.
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Liquid

Fluid and transparent.
The liquid air
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Liquor

To supply with liquor.
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Liquid

Flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid.
Yea, though he go upon the plane and liquid water which will receive no step.
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Liquor

To grease.
Liquor fishermen's boots.
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Liquid

Being in such a state that the component molecules move freely among themselves, but have a definite volume changing only slightly with changes of pressure, and do not tend to separate from each other as the particles of gases and vapors do when the volume of the container is increased; neither solid nor gaseous; as, liquid mercury, in distinction from mercury solidified or in a state of vapor.
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Liquor

Distilled rather than fermented
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Liquid

Flowing or sounding smoothly or without abrupt transitions or harsh tones.
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Liquor

A liquid substance that is a solution (or emulsion or suspension) used or obtained in an industrial process;
Waste liquors
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Liquid

Pronounced without any jar or harshness; smooth; as, l and r are liquid letters.
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Liquor

The liquid in which vegetables or meat have be cooked
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Liquid

Fluid and transparent; as, the liquid air.
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Liquor

A distilled alcoholic beverage
I prefer gin over other types of liquor.
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Liquid

Clear; definite in terms or amount.
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Liquor

The liquid substance in which something is steeped or cooked
The chef saved the liquor from the mussels to add flavor.
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Liquid

In cash or readily convertible into cash without loss of principle; - said of assets, such as bank accounts, or short-term bonds tradable on a major stock exchange.
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Liquid

A substance whose parts change their relative position on the slightest pressure, and therefore retain no definite form; any substance in the state of liquidity; a fluid that is not gaseous and has a definite volume independent, of the container in which it is held. Liquids have a fixed volume at any given pressure, but their shape is determined by the container in which it is contained. Liquids, in contrast to gases, cannot expand indefinitely to fill an expanding container, and are only slightly compressible by application of pressure.
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Liquid

A letter which has a smooth, flowing sound, or which flows smoothly after a mute; as, l and r, in bla, bra. M and n also are called liquids.
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Liquid

A substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
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Liquid

The state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility
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Liquid

A substance in the fluid state of matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
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Liquid

A frictionless non-nasal continuant (especially `l' and `r')
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Liquid

Existing as or having characteristics of a liquid; especially tending to flow;
Water and milk and blood are liquid substances
Ice is water in the solid state
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Liquid

Filled or brimming with tears;
Swimming eyes
Watery eyes
Sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid
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Liquid

Clear and bright;
The liquid air of a spring morning
Eyes shining with a liquid luster
Limpid blue eyes
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Liquid

Changed from a solid to a liquid state;
Rivers filled to overflowing by melted snow
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Liquid

Smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness;
The liquid song of a robin
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Liquid

Yielding; lacking any hint of hardness;
The liquid stillness of the night enveloping him
The liquid brown eyes of a spaniel
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Liquid

Smooth and unconstrained in movement;
A long, smooth stride
The fluid motion of a cat
The liquid grace of a ballerina
Liquid prose
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Liquid

In cash or easily convertible to cash;
Liquid (or fluid) assets
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Liquid

A fluid that doesn't resist changing shape
Mercury is a metallic liquid at room temperature.
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Liquid

Any substance, like water or gasoline, that's not solid or gaseous
He accidentally spilled a liquid on the floor.
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FAQs

Is every liquor a liquid?

Yes, every liquor is a liquid.
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Is liquor consumption regulated?

Yes, liquor consumption and sale are often regulated by laws.
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Can a liquid be non-alcoholic?

Yes, most liquids like water and juice are non-alcoholic.
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Are gases considered liquids?

No, gases and liquids are two distinct states of matter.
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Can liquor be used in cooking?

Yes, many dishes use liquor for flavoring.
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Are liquors only made from grains?

No, liquors can be made from grains, fruits, and other sources.
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Do all liquids have the same density?

No, different liquids have different densities.
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Does liquor always contain alcohol?

In most contexts, yes, but it can also mean liquid in which something has been steeped or cooked.
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Is wine considered liquor?

Technically no, wine is fermented, not distilled. But it's an alcoholic beverage.
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What's a common property of all liquids?

All liquids flow and take the shape of their container.
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Is honey considered a liquid?

Yes, though viscous, honey is a liquid.
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Is blood a liquid?

Yes, blood is a liquid.
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What are common types of liquor?

Whiskey, vodka, rum, and gin are common types.
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How is liquor's strength measured?

Often by its alcohol content, usually given in percentage.
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Can solids turn into liquids?

Yes, through the process of melting.
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