naph·​tha | \ ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio) , nonstandard ˈnap- How to pronounce naphtha (audio) \

Definition of naphtha

1 : any of various volatile often flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures used chiefly as solvents and diluents
2 : petroleum

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Not only is the ethylene produced there much cheaper than naphtha abroad, but making more sophisticated chemicals and plastics in this region also saves on transport costs since much of American manufacturing is close by. The Economist, "America’s chemicals industry is booming. But politics may get in its way," 14 Apr. 2018 Venezuela imports about 2 million barrels of heavy naphtha per month, and all of it comes from U.S. Gulf refiners, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Lucia Kassai,, "U.S. Ban on Key Oil Material Could Choke Venezuelan Production," 26 Feb. 2018 Lighting the hissing naphtha lamp mounted at the front of his metal canoe, Kerry Prosper prepares for a midsummer eel hunt on Nova Scotia’s Pomquet Harbour. Karen Pinchin, Smithsonian, "The Epic Fight Over the Enigmatic Eel," 5 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, naphtha demand will skyrocket – the derivative is used as feedstock in petrochemicals production. Irina Slav, USA TODAY, "Big Oil to bet on petrochemicals as demand peak looms," 26 Oct. 2017 Filling the page, an army made of iron and filled with naphtha thunders forth, spewing flames. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings From Villa I Tatti’ Review: A Connoisseur’s Brief Detour," 18 July 2017 Qatar churned out 632,300 barrels a day of refined products including naphtha and jet fuel in 2016, mostly for export, according to OPEC’s annual report. Mohammed Sergie,, "Qatar Charts Second Gas Boom as Saudis Try to Tighten the Noose," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of naphtha

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naphtha

Latin, from Greek, of Iranian origin; akin to Persian neft naphtha

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naph·​tha | \ ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio) , ˈnap-thə\

Kids Definition of naphtha

: any of various usually flammable liquids prepared from coal or petroleum and used especially to dissolve substances


naph·​tha | \ ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio) , ˈnap- How to pronounce naphtha (audio) \

Medical Definition of naphtha

: any of various volatile often flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures used chiefly as solvents and diluents

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