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paraffin wax

paraffin in its solid state.
Origin of paraffin wax
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It consisted of a mixture of chlorate of potash, sulphur, charcoal and paraffin wax.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • paraffin wax does in some situations, but is not a very tractable medium.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • An outside coat of paraffin wax is now given to the coil and a wrapping of waxed paper laid on.

    Electric Gas Lighting Norman H. Schneider
  • It was done by ruling lines on the backs with a piece of paraffin wax.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • To prepare it, some castor oil is put into an earthenware jar, and about half its weight of paraffin wax shredded into it.

  • A piece of varnished glass tube is pushed through the cork, which should be varnished with shellac or with paraffin wax.

  • The cure is to soak it in paraffin wax; but temporarily it is secured by winding cotton thread round it in many directions.

  • paraffin wax, a mixture of solid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, came into use in 1854 and stearine is now used with it.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • One cause of these yellow oil stains can be traced to the use of paraffin wax in the sizing of the warps.

  • I now consider it a better plan not to employ the method of coating with paraffin wax.

British Dictionary definitions for paraffin wax

paraffin wax

a white insoluble odourless waxlike solid consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with melting points in the range 50°–60°C, used in candles, waterproof paper, and as a sealing agent Also called paraffin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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paraffin wax in Science
paraffin wax  
See paraffin.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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