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Definition of "paraffin" [par•af•fin]

  • A waxy white or colorless solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials. Also called paraffin wax. (noun)
  • Chemistry A member of the alkane series. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Kerosene. (noun)
  • To saturate, impregnate, or coat with paraffin. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "paraffin" in a sentence
  • "I bought a chunk of paraffin from the canning-supplies section of a grocery store more than 15 years ago and haven't even come close to using 1/4 of it yet."
  • "Moreover, it was known that ligation of the ducts of the pancreas, or their injection by oil or paraffin, is not followed by diabetes."
  • "The next and the most important derivative is the petroleum oil, used for burning in paraffin-lamps."