linseed oil


Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish drying oil obtained from flaxseed and used especially in paint, varnish, printing ink, and linoleum

Examples of linseed oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rags spontaneously combusted in a dumpster outside the garage that contained empty linseed oil cans, wood, paper, cardboard, and other trash according to the statement. Charlie Mckenna,, "Combustion of oily rags caused 3-alarm fire at Lexington home, officials say," 29 Jan. 2021 Wash and dry them, sharpen, oil any moving parts and rub linseed oil on wooden handles to keep them from drying out and cracking. oregonlive, "The garden chores that can’t wait as winter sets in," 24 Nov. 2020 The dry pigment is then ground, and mixed with water, flour and linseed oil to produce the paint. Clarissa Wei, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red?," 25 Sep. 2020 Once sharpened, rub with linseed oil to prevent further rusting. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Prune Roses the Right Way," 7 Apr. 2020 The business started with linseed oil, then used water, latex and more. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Sherwin-Williams has been a Cleveland fixture for 154 years, legacy expected to continue in NE Ohio," 5 Feb. 2020 Hinderer is a vintage weapons collector, and borrows from the past an aesthetic expressed with natural walnut scales finished with linseed oil and a Parkerized O-1 tool steel blade. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 The new Anschutz 1782 rifle is beautiful in a classic European way, and the walnut stock smelled wonderfully of linseed oil. Outdoor Life, "The Best New Hunting Rifles of 2020," 23 Jan. 2020 YouTube user Elliott used dog-ear redwood fencing for siding on his converted mini cooler and recommends staining or sealing the wood with linseed oil or SuperDeck. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "This DIY Rustic Cooler Made From An Old Fridge Will Be a Hit at Your Summer Parties," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of linseed oil

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Linseed oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish oil from the seeds of the flax plant that is used in paint, printing ink, etc.

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Kids Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish oil obtained from flaxseed

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Medical Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish drying oil obtained from flaxseed and used in liniments, pastes, and green soap and in veterinary medicine as a laxative

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