cocktail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cocktail an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
    • n cocktail a short mixed drink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron, the genius of rum, also known as Trader Vic. The drink got its name when he served it to two friends from Tahiti, who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!," which in Tahitian means "Out of this world the best!"
    • Cocktail A beverage made of brandy, whisky, or gin, iced, flavored, and sweetened.
    • Cocktail (Stock Breeding) A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in his veins.
    • Cocktail A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward. "It was in the second affair that poor little Barney showed he was a cocktail ."
    • Cocktail (Zoöl) A species of rove beetle; -- so called from its habit of elevating the tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cocktail A bird of the genus Alectrurus.
    • n cocktail A name of a European insect, Ocypus or Goërius olens, one of the rove-beetles or Staphylinidæ. Also called devil's coach-horse (which see, under devil).
    • n cocktail A horse which is not thoroughbred, but has some impure blood, generally one fourth or less, but sometimes one half; hence, an underbred person.
    • n cocktail An American drink, strong, stimulating, and cold, made of spirits, bitters, and a little sugar, with various aromatic and stimulating additions.
    • n cocktail Cocktail beer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cocktail a racing horse that is not thoroughbred: one who apes the gentleman:
    • n Cocktail (U.S.) a drink of spirits flavoured with various ingredients
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Quotations

  • Vance Havner
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    “I'm tied of hearing about temperance instead of abstinence, in order to please the cocktail crowd in church congregations.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
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    “The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.”
  • Harold Macmillan
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    “Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.”
  • Will Rogers
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    “One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
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    “A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. coc; Ice. kokkr.

Usage

In literature:

I wish I'd never tasted that nasty cocktail you made me take last year.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
I don't care if I never see another show or a cocktail.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
And, of course, the problem can be avoided by staying away from cocktail bars.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
When Clavering and Dinwiddie arrived at the Ogden house Judge Trent was already there and mixing cocktails in the library.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The screaming headline is a mental cocktail.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
If I could send you a "brandy cocktail" by post I would.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
They are eaten with a small fork from cocktail glasses.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The idiot who said that love was the bitters in the cocktail of life wasn't either a good liver or a good philosopher.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
He chatted with the peons, hunted wild mares in the monte, and drank cocktails as to the manner born.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Yes, Madam, there are cocktails in Mexico, and our Don's body-servant made them most scientifically.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
He knows Broadway well, can tell you where he likes best to get his hair cut, and where he considers they put up the best cocktail.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
Frank, where are those cocktails?
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
The only reason I did not jump off of a pier was the providential intervention of several stiff cocktails.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
I'd like to be decent to her, but I can't stand the cocktail life.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
If it had been a whiskey glass, or a cocktail glass, the results might have been fatal.
"Something Else Again" by Franklin P. Adams
A Chinese boy brought them cocktails.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Does the idea of a cocktail appeal to you?
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
I had to fill him up with cocktails before he could eat any breakfast.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
For an instant Gregg thought an extra cocktail on the way uptown was the cause of his garrulousness.
"Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman" by F. Hopkinson Smith
He drank the cocktails which Smith found time to prepare for him.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Others say the cocktail shaker
Is a noted trouble maker;
And declare that men stir up
Woe in every claret-cup.
"The Alcoholic Albatross" by C J Dennis
Nobody I know would like to be buried
with a silver cocktail-shaker,
a transistor radio and a strangled
daily help, or keep his word because
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
Is your mouth parched, from an all-night spree?
Taking a pick-me-up, Paddy Magee?
Cocktail - or simple soda and b.? -
Which is the "antidote," Paddy Magee?
"Paddy McGee" by Harry Breaker Morant
"Today you had 'cocktails' for luncheon—
They tasted like sulphured cologne.
They—were followed by poisonous highballs
That fell in my depths like a stone.
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
By night our student Underground
At cocktail parties whisper round
From ear to ear;
Fat figures in the public eye
Collapse next morning, ambushed by
Some witty sneer.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
All that summer I learned life
back into my own
seven rooms, visited the swan boats,
the market, answered the phone,
served cocktails as a wife
should, made love among my petticoats
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Pizza, Salmon, and Cocktail Party from Amy Rota-Poulin.
The Extended Cocktail Party Effect.
Clarkston Retailers Group hosts a strolling cocktail party downtown, 6 pm, Saturday, Jan 21.
Include cocktail recipes on a chalkboard for a rustic touch.
OLOWALU — "Home Sweet Home on Maui," a cocktail party with heavy pupus and live entertainment, will be held on Saturday, Aug 20, at the historic Olowalu Plantation House right on the beach.
But the single biggest error in this piece is the comment: According to my DC sources Clemons has been a regular fixture in State-CIA cocktail party scene.
Image is from the CD Cocktail Party by Beegie Adair, Jack Jezzro and Denis Solee.
Las Vegas Cocktail Party (July 24, 2005).
In honor of The Real Housewives of Miami series premiere, Bravo & Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach introduce the six cast members with a cocktail party .
Throwing a cocktail party is like speed dating.
KALAMAZOO — Salut Fine Wine & Spirits and Zazios will host "The Best Cocktail Party in Town" from 7-9 pm Wednesday.
Your Cocktail Party Planning Guide.
Here's everything you'll need to host a classic cocktail party .
"Mad Men" Cocktail Party Guide.
Throw the perfect 60s-inspired cocktail party .
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In science:

The spectrum composed of these background electrons is described by the so-called electron cocktail, calculated on the basis of meson spectra measured with the ALICE detector, as described in more detail elsewhere .
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
In this analysis, the statistical subtraction of the cocktail from the inclusive electron spectrum provides the transverse momentum distribution of electrons from heavy-flavour hadron decays.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
The present conservative estimate of the systematic uncertainty is ≈20% on the measured spectrum and ≈10% on the electron cocktail.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
An electron cocktail for each centrality bin is calculated based on the charged pion spectra measured by ALICE.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
In the Pb–Pb analysis the systematic uncertainties currently are large: of the order of 35% on the inclusive spectra and 25% on the cocktails.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
When comparing the inclusive electron spectra with those generated using the cocktail prescription (see Fig. 2 and 3 in , where more details are discussed), a hint for an excess is observed in the electron yield in the transverse momentum region between 1.5 and ≈3.5 GeV/c.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
In the transverse momentum region between 3.5 and 6 GeV/c, in which we assume that the cocktail-subtracted electron spectra are dominated by electrons from heavyflavour decays, a suppression by a factor 1.5-4 is observed.
Investigation of charm and beauty production via semileptonic decays of heavy-flavour hadrons in pp at 7 TeV and Pb--Pb at 2.76 TeV with ALICE
The antiretroviral treatments available are mostly administered in “drug-cocktail” form , also known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
Free Final-Time Optimal Control for HIV Viral Dynamics
The suppression of open charm and open beauty has been measured by ALICE with three different techniques: exclusive reconstruction of D0 and D+ hadronic decays at mid-rapidity, single electrons after subtraction of a cocktail of background sources at mid-rapidity, and single muons at forward rapidity .
Heavy-ion results from the LHC
A data-driven Monte Carlo “cocktail” is used to predict/simulate the irreducible hadronic background NC .
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
The cocktail consists of a collection of individual simulated primary hadrons which are weighted to match RHIC data.
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
In order to account for any degradation of reconstructed track quality in the Cu + Cu analysis, we embed the hadron cocktail tracks in real Cu + Cu events.
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
The “cocktail” is propagated via GEANT through a complete simulation of the PHENIX muon arms.
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
The reliance on initial distributions for the hadron cocktail is significantly minimized by subsequent “tuning” which further adjusts the hadron weights to match the measurements for hadrons from MuID Gap 2 and Gap 3.
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
The weights of the hadron cocktail can be adjusted to match this slope for each arm for different transverse momentum bins.
Open Heavy Flavor Production at Forward Angles in PHENIX
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