petroleum jelly

noun

Definition of petroleum jelly

: a neutral unctuous odorless tasteless substance obtained from petroleum and used especially in ointments and dressings

Examples of petroleum jelly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rivers throws like an old knuckleballer with petroleum jelly on his fingers, his passes mysteriously wobbling and weaving their way through defenders to their targets. Mike Tanier, New York Times, "Brady, Brees and Roethlisberger Just Won’t Go Quietly. Luckily for the N.F.L.," 4 Nov. 2020 An easy trick is to take some ChapStick or petroleum jelly, and press it into the head of the screws to seal them against the elements. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "A Handy Pre-Season Checklist for Tuning Your Big-Game Rifle," 22 Oct. 2020 To help your pumpkin last longer, rub petroleum jelly ($2, Target) around all the etched areas of the pumpkin. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn How to Etch a Pumpkin for Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020 The petroleum jelly will create a barrier to minimize the acetone’s damage. Alexis Bennett, SELF, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish Without Destroying Your Nails," 7 Oct. 2020 In addition to cooling the burn, the American Academy of Dermatology also advises: Applying a petroleum jelly two to three times daily. Devan Patel, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Experts say flour is not a natural treatment for burns," 1 Apr. 2011 Natiello recommends spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. Liz Borod, Good Housekeeping, "How to Carve a Pumpkin That Will Look Incredible the Entire Halloween Season," 20 July 2020 It's not proven, but many people say applying petroleum jelly to the carved edges of your pumpkin helps retain moisture and prevent shriveling. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Keep Pumpkins From Rotting and Ruining Your Fall Front Porch Display," 19 July 2020 The blend of petroleum jelly and glycerin gives penetrating moisture, without the grease factor of some body creams. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of petroleum jelly

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Petroleum jelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petroleum%20jelly. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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petroleum jelly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of petroleum jelly

: an oily substance that is made from petroleum, has no taste or odor, and is used especially in products that are rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound, reduce pain, etc.

petroleum jelly

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