paraffin

noun par·af·fin \ ˈper-ə-fən , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paraffin

1 a :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

paraffinic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-nik, pa-rə-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of paraffin

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

British Definition of PARAFFIN

paraffin

noun

British Definition of paraffin


PARAFFIN Defined for English Language Learners

paraffin

noun

Definition of paraffin for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, waxy substance that is usually made from petroleum or coal and is used in candles and other products


PARAFFIN Defined for Kids

paraffin

noun par·af·fin \ ˈper-ə-fən \

Definition of paraffin for Students

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

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paraffin

noun par·af·fin \ ˈpar-ə-fən \

medical Definition of paraffin

1 a :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

paraffinic

play \ˌpar-ə-ˈfin-ik\ adjective

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