Definition of "xylene" [xy•lene]

  • (noun) Any of three flammable isomeric hydrocarbons, C6H4(CH3)2, obtained from wood and coal tar.
  • (noun) A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.

Use "xylene" in a sentence

  • "From this tar are produced a pound of benzine, a pound of toluene, a pound and a half of phenol, six pounds of naphthalene, a small quantity of a material called xylene and half a pound of anthracene, which is used in dyeing."
  • "Records show the company uses carcinogenic chemicals such as xylene and ethylbenzene as well as the chemical phenol, which is listed as a hazardous air pollutant, in its coatings for the wire."
  • "The plant uses carcinogenic chemicals such as xylene and ethylbenzene as well as the chemical phenol, which is listed as a hazardous air pollutant, in its coatings for the wire,"

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