Paraffin meaning

părə-fĭn
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(chemistry) A member of the alkane series.
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(chiefly british) Kerosene.
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To saturate, impregnate, or coat with paraffin.
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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.
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(chem.) Any alkane.
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To coat or impregnate with paraffin.
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A waxy, white or colorless solid mixture of hydrocarbons made from petroleum and used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and waterproof coatings.
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(UK) A petroleum based thin and colorless fuel oil, (kerosene in US English).
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(chemistry) Any member of the alkane hydrocarbons.
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To impregnate or treat with paraffin.
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A waxy white or colorless solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials.
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Origin of paraffin

  • German Latin parum little, not very pau-1 in Indo-European roots Latin affīnis associated with (from its lack of affinity with other materials) affined

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin paraffinum from parum (too little) + affinis (related, affinity). Therefore low affinity or being chemically neutral

    From Wiktionary