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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The boat, carrying 75,000 tonnes of naphtha — a flammable hydrocarbon mixture — was travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Taiwan., "Ship traffic, June 24," 24 June 2019 The Front Altair, loaded with naphtha from the United Arab Emirates, radioed for help as its cargo of flammable chemicals caught fire. Washington Post, "US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker," 14 June 2019 Petrobas is the main supplier of naphtha for Braskem in Brazil. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "LyondellBasell, Braskem end merger talks," 4 June 2019 The Front Altair, registered in the Marshall Islands, was chartered by the CPC Corporation, the Taiwanese oil company, to carry naphtha, a petroleum product, from the Emirati port of Ruwais to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Tankers Are Attacked in Mideast, and U.S. Says Video Shows Iran Was Involved," 13 June 2019 The ship had loaded a cargo of naphtha in Abu Dhabi and was bound for Taiwan, a company official said. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tanker attacks raise fears of Persian Gulf unrest," 13 June 2019 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

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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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