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Definitions of wine:

part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

To furnish with wine, or to drink wine.

part of speech: noun

The fermented juice of grapes; intoxication; the juice of other fruits prepared in imitation of wine.

part of speech: noun

The formented juice of grapes; a drink made from the juice of other fruits or plants.

part of speech: noun

The fermented juice of the grape of fruit of the vine ( Vitis vinifera). Wines are distinguished practically by their color, hardness or softness on the palate, their flavor, and their being still or effervescing. The difference in the quality of wines depend partly upon differences in the vines, but more on the differences of the soils in which they are planted, in the exposure of the vineyards, in the treatment of the grapes, and the mode of manufacturing the wines. When the grapes are fully ripe, they generally yield the most perfect wine as to strength and flavor. The leading character of wine, however, must be referred to the alcohol which it contains, and upon which its intoxicating powers principally depend. The amount of alcohol in the stronger ports and sherries is from 16 to 25 per cent; in hock, claret, and other light wines from 7 per cent. Wine containing more than 13 per cent of alcohol may be assumed to be fortified with brandy or other spirit. The most celebrated ancient wines were those of Lesbos and Chios among the Greeks, and the Falernian and Cecuban among the Romans. The principal modern wines are Port, Sherry, Claret, Champagne, Madeira, Hock, Marsala, etc., etc. The varieties of wine produced are almost endless, and differ in every constituent according to the locality, season, and age; but generally the produce of each vineyard retains its own leading characteristics. The principal wine- producing countries are France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sicily, Greece, Cape Colony, Australia, and America. The name wine is also given to the juice of certain fruits prepared in imitation of wine obtained from grapes, but distinguished by naming the source whence it is derived, as currant wine, gooseberry wine; to the effect of drinking wine in excess, intoxication, as " Noah a woke from his wine."- Gen. ix. 24; to the act of drinking wine, as " Who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine."- Prov. xxiii. 29, 30; to a wine party at the English universities, as " The ex- coach was drinking brandy- and- water, and maundering about great wines, and patrician bear- fights."- Miss Braddon.

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