Definition of mineral spirits

: a petroleum distillate that is used especially as a paint or varnish thinner

Examples of mineral spirits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allow the mineral spirits to sink in and soften the sap (about 10 to 15 minutes). Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 Vigorously rub the mineral spirits and the tree sap from the paint with a clean, damp cloth. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 Clean your brushes with a solvent such as paint thinner or mineral spirits. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 Dec. 2020 Wipe the tree sap generously with the mineral spirits. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 If there’s any sticky residue left behind, remove it with a white cloth dampened with mineral spirits or acetone. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 24 Nov. 2020 Kacmarcik sands the toys smooth and finishes each using non-toxic mineral spirits rather than paint, relying on the variety of woods to provide color contrasts. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 13 Nov. 2020 Should your piece have an uneven coat, smooth it with a tack cloth soaked in mineral spirits and let dry. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 22 July 2020 Follow with one more wipe using a solvent such as mineral spirits or alcohol and a clean piece of paper towel or shop towel. Dan Roe, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mineral spirits

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mineral spirits was in 1875

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“Mineral spirits.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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