paraffin

noun
par·​af·​fin | \ ˈper-ə-fən How to pronounce paraffin (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paraffin

1a : a waxy crystalline flammable substance obtained especially from distillates of wood, coal, petroleum, or shale oil that is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and is used chiefly in coating and sealing, in candles, in rubber compounding, and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
b : any of various mixtures of similar hydrocarbons including mixtures that are semisolid or oily
2 : alkane
3 chiefly British : kerosene

Other Words from paraffin

paraffinic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​nik How to pronounce paraffin (audio) , pa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of paraffin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, Red Market Salon is offering complimentary paraffin wax treatments for hands or feet in July. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum, and can also be referred to as paraffin oil. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 However, although it is recommended as a natural remedy, Tiger Balm does contain petroleum and paraffin. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 2 Mar. 2022 Drip a thick layer of warm, inexpensive paraffin wax (essentially candle wax) over the bottom of your skis. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 19 Nov. 2014 Melt chocolate and paraffin in a small double boiler or use a coffee mug in a pan of boiling water. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 11 Feb. 2022 The wax is a blend of soy, bee and rapeseed, all of which is 100 percent natural and paraffin-free. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 And in recent lab runs, HPU produced 99% pure, diesel-like paraffin oil from polyethylene with a yield above 90%. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The premium-grade paraffin wax candle even comes in an autumn hue itself. Lois Alter Mark, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of paraffin

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for paraffin

German, from Latin parum too little (akin to Greek pauros little, paid-, pais child) + affinis bordering on — more at few, affinity

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The first known use of paraffin was in 1835

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21 Jul 2022

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“Paraffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraffin. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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paraffin

noun
par·​af·​fin | \ ˈper-ə-fən How to pronounce paraffin (audio) \

Kids Definition of paraffin

: a white waxy substance obtained from wood, coal, or petroleum and used in coating and sealing and in candles

paraffin

noun
par·​af·​fin | \ ˈpar-ə-fən How to pronounce paraffin (audio) \

Medical Definition of paraffin

1a : a waxy crystalline flammable substance obtained especially from distillates of wood, coal, petroleum, or shale oil that is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and is used chiefly in coating and sealing, in candles, in rubber compounding, and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
b : any of various mixtures of similar hydrocarbons including mixtures that are semisolid or oily
2 : alkane

Other Words from paraffin

paraffinic \ ˌpar-​ə-​ˈfin-​ik How to pronounce paraffin (audio) \ adjective

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