mineral spirits


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a petroleum distillate that is used especially as a paint or varnish thinner

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most types of wood glue, including PVA, CA, and polyurethane glues are waterproof and moisture-resistant; PVA can also be easily cleaned up with water, whereas any polyurethane, epoxy, or CA glue residue must be cleaned with mineral spirits. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2023 Some people recommend cleaning cabinets with mineral spirits to remove remaining grease. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 If there’s any sticker residue left behind, remove it with a white cloth dampened with mineral spirits or acetone. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 Citrus degreasers and mineral spirits are a bit less toxic but still hard on skin. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2020 The argument that one’s environment, and the ensuing stimuli, will mold a child into an exceptional species comprises, in a metaphoric sense, the splash of paint, immersed in linseed oil and mineral spirits. Jon Michail, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Step 2 Fold the chain into the plastic jar, add degreaser or mineral spirits to cover, tighten the lid, and then shake it like a maraca for two minutes. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2020 Make sure to have mineral spirits on hand for cleanup. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2022 Allow the mineral spirits to sink in and soften the sap (about 10 to 15 minutes). Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineral%20spirits. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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