paraffin definition by Webster's New World
- a white, waxy, odorless, tasteless solid substance consisting of a mixture of straight-chain, saturated hydrocarbons: it is obtained chiefly from the distillation of petroleum and is used for making candles, sealing preserving jars, waterproofing paper, etc.
- Chem. any alkane
- Brit. kerosene
Origin: German ; from Classical Latin parum, too little plush affinis, akin (see affinity): from its chemical inertness
- paraffinic adjective
paraffin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A waxy white or colorless solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials. Also called paraffin wax.
- Chemistry A member of the alkane series.
- Chiefly British Kerosene.
Origin: German : Latin parum, little, not very; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + Latin affīnis, associated with (from its lack of affinity with other materials); see affined.
- parˌaf·finˈic adjective
paraffin - Science Definition
- A waxy, white or colorless solid mixture of hydrocarbons made from petroleum and used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and waterproof coatings. Also called paraffin wax.
- See alkane.