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beverage n : any liquid suitable for drinking; "may I take your beverage order?" [syn: drink, drinkable, potable]

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  1. A liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink. This may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk,or soft drinks.


a drink

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Extensive Definition

A drink, or beverage, is a liquid specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to basic needs, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

Types of beverage


Despite the fact that most beverages, including juice, soft drinks, and carbonated drinks, have some form of water in them; water itself is often not classified as a beverage, and the word beverage has been recurrently defined as not referring to water.
Essential to the survival of all organisms, water has historically been an important and life-sustaining drink to humans. Excluding fat, water composes approximately 70% of the human body by mass. It is a crucial component of metabolic processes and serves as a solvent for many bodily solutes. Health authorities have historically suggested at least eight glasses, eight fluid ounces each, of water per day (64 fluid ounces, or 1.89 litres),
Distilled (pure) water is rarely found in nature. Spring water, a natural resource from which much bottled water comes, is generally imbued with minerals. Tap water, delivered by domestic water systems in developed nations, refers to water piped to homes through a tap. All of these forms of water are commonly drunk, often purified through filtration.

Alcoholic beverages

An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of an alcohol includes many other compounds. Alcoholic beverages, such as wine, beer, and liquor have been part of human culture and development for 8,000 years.

Non-alcohol beverages

Non-alcoholic beverages are drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer and wine but are made with no more than .5 percent alcohol by volume. The category includes drinks that have undergone an alcohol removal process such as non-alcoholic beers and de-alcoholized wines.

Soft drinks

The name "soft drink" specifies a lack of alcohol by way of contrast to the term "hard drink" and the term "drink", the latter of which is nominally neutral but often carries connotations of alcoholic content. Beverages like colas, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, squash, and fruit punch are among the most common types of soft drinks, while hot chocolate, hot tea, coffee, milk, tap water, alcohol, and milkshakes do not fall into this classification. Many carbonated soft drinks are optionally available in versions sweetened with sugars or with non-caloric sweeteners.

Hot beverages


Some substances may either be called food or drink, and accordingly be eaten with a spoon or drunk, depending on solid ingredients in it and on how thick it is, and on preference:


Measuring drinks

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beverage in Min Nan: Ím-liāu
beverage in Catalan: Beguda
beverage in Czech: Nápoj
beverage in Welsh: Diod
beverage in Danish: Drik
beverage in German: Getränk
beverage in Spanish: Bebida
beverage in Esperanto: Trinkaĵo
beverage in French: Boisson
beverage in Galician: Bebida
beverage in Korean: 음료
beverage in Indonesian: Minuman
beverage in Inuktitut: ᐃᒥᐊᓗᒃ/aivilik
beverage in Italian: Bevanda
beverage in Hebrew: משקה
beverage in Kinyarwanda: Ikinyobwa
beverage in Swahili (macrolanguage): Kinywaji
beverage in Kurdish: Vexwirak
beverage in Latin: Potio
beverage in Lojban: selpinxe
beverage in Malay (macrolanguage): Minuman
beverage in Japanese: 飲料
beverage in Norwegian: Drikke
beverage in Central Khmer: ភេសជ្ជៈ
beverage in Low German: Drinken
beverage in Polish: Napój
beverage in Portuguese: Bebida
beverage in Quechua: Upyana
beverage in Russian: Напитки
beverage in Sicilian: Viviruni
beverage in Simple English: Drink
beverage in Serbo-Croatian: Piće
beverage in Sundanese: Inuman
beverage in Finnish: Juoma
beverage in Swedish: Dryck
beverage in Thai: เครื่องดื่ม
beverage in Turkish: İçecek
beverage in Ukrainian: Напої
beverage in Võro: Juuk
beverage in Contenese: 嘢飲
beverage in Chinese: 饮料

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