aniline

noun

an·​i·​line ˈa-nə-lən How to pronounce aniline (audio)
: an oily liquid poisonous amine C6H5NH2 obtained especially by the reduction of nitrobenzene and used chiefly in organic synthesis (as of dyes)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This one is made from soft, full-aniline leather and comes in two shades: tan and brown. Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 The sectional is made with charme leather, a full-aniline leather that keeps a lot of the natural variation of material, including the coloring and tone, texture, and even the markings that appear on it. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The matte-gold P530 First Edition’s interior materials are understated and elegant, including wood, aniline leather and luxurious leather-free fabrics. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 For the more traditionalists, there is still a wide choice of leather, including semi and near-aniline which undergo fewer treatments for less artificial pigmentation and a therefore a more natural finish. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Medical personnel at Rubicon’s first-aid center quickly diagnosed the problem: He had been exposed to aniline, a toxic chemical used to make plastics. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 3 Jan. 2021 Less than a pound of aniline was released in the incident. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 3 Jan. 2021 The interior of my test truck was wrapped in soft black aniline leather. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2020 The interior of my test truck was wrapped in soft black aniline leather. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

German Anilin, from Anil indigo, from French, from Portuguese, from Arabic al-nīl the indigo plant, from Sanskrit nīlī indigo, from feminine of nīla dark blue

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aniline was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Aniline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aniline. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

aniline

noun
an·​i·​line ˈan-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce aniline (audio)
: an oily poisonous liquid that is used in making dyes

Medical Definition

aniline

noun
an·​i·​line ˈan-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce aniline (audio)
: an oily liquid poisonous amine C6H5NH2 obtained especially by the reduction of nitrobenzene and used chiefly in organic synthesis (as of dyes and pharmaceuticals)
aniline adjective

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