- 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 of paraffinGerman ; from Classical Latin parum, too little + affinis, akin (see affinity): from its chemical inertness
- 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.
transitive verbpar·af·fined, par·af·fin·ing, par·af·fins
Origin of paraffinGerman : Latin parum, little, not very; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + Latin aff&imacron;nis, associated with (from its lack of affinity with other materials); see affined.
(third-person singular simple present paraffins, present participle paraffining, simple past and past participle paraffined)
Latin paraffinum from parum (too little) + affinis (related, affinity). Therefore low affinity or being chemically neutral