naphtha

noun

naph·​tha ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio)
nonstandard
ˈnap- How to pronounce naphtha (audio)
1
: any of various volatile often flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures used chiefly as solvents and diluents
2

Examples of naphtha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Factories elsewhere will turn the naphtha into household goods. Emily Wright, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 At least 90% of the naphtha used in pyrolysis is fossil fuel naphtha. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 20 June 2024 Recyclers can overpower them by heavily diluting the recycled naphtha. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 20 June 2024 The ship, owned by American Petroleum Transport Corp., was en route from Corpus Christi, Texas to New York with a cargo of 80,000 barrels of fuel oil, gasoline and naphtha when it was struck by a torpedo. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 13 May 2024 Lawrence could not say what quantity of naphtha was involved. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 China Petroleum & Chemical’s net profit in the first half fell over 19% on year, mainly due to weak demand for chemical and certain refinery products, including naphtha and petroleum coke. P.r. Venkat, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2023 The fire began before 7 a.m. Central time after a petroleum product called naphtha leaked from a storage tank at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Garyville. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Biological waste is a source of organic and renewable versions of naphtha and methane, compounds typically involved in paint production. Sami Haj-Assaad, Car and Driver, 1 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of naphtha was in 1543

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“Naphtha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naphtha. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

naphtha

noun
naph·​tha ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio) ˈnap- How to pronounce naphtha (audio)
: any of various often flammable liquids prepared from coal or petroleum and used especially to dissolve substances

Medical Definition

naphtha

noun
naph·​tha ˈnaf-thə How to pronounce naphtha (audio) ˈnap- How to pronounce naphtha (audio)
: any of various volatile often flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures used chiefly as solvents and diluents

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