Vaseline meaning

văsə-lēn, văsə-lēn
A trademark for a brand of petroleum jelly.
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Petrolatum.
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A trademark for a brand of petroleum jelly.
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Petroleum jelly (now sold by Unilever) under the trade name Vaseline.

"Hearts of putty, hearts of vaseline" (Aldous Huxley, Brief Candles, 1930)

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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)

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A greenish-yellow coloured glass, or the colouring used in the manufacture of this glass.
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To lubricate with vaseline.

"Even at this late date, vaselining will preserve the best of these leathers."

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Origin of vaseline

  • Coined by Robert A. Chesebrough around 1870, reputedly from the German "Wasser" (water) plus the Greek "elaion" (oil).

    From Wiktionary