Origin of Vaselinearbitrary coinage (a proprietary term first used c. 1872 by United States manufacturer R. A. Chesebrough) from German was(ser), water + Classical Greek el(aion), oil + -ine
- Petroleum jelly (now sold by Unilever) under the trade name Vaseline.
- "Hearts of putty, hearts of vaseline" (Aldous Huxley, Brief Candles, 1930)
- Any petroleum jelly or similar lubricant.
- "A Russian vaseline has been lately added to the many kinds of vaseline found in ..." (Journal of the Society of Chemical Industry, 1882)
- A greenish-yellow coloured glass, or the colouring used in the manufacture of this glass.
(third-person singular simple present vaselines, present participle vaselining, simple past and past participle vaselined)
- To lubricate with vaseline.
- "Even at this late date, vaselining will preserve the best of these leathers."
Coined by Robert A. Chesebrough around 1870, reputedly from the German "Wasser" (water) plus the Greek "elaion" (oil).