Origin of asbestos
Examples from the Web for asbestos
Winick says the cause was not HIV-related, but a particular kind of cancer caused by asbestos.
Because the important point is what those rulings did not do: create a market for asbestos liability insurance.Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?|Megan McArdle|December 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was sealed in 2009 for asbestos contamination and its current status remains unclear.Scientology Glossary: Thetans, Engrams, Sea Org, & More Key Terms|David Sessions|July 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“They've had an 800 number up for a year, like they're plaintiffs lawyers in an asbestos case,” he scoffed.
Asbestos brake lining was produced here starting in 1915, and a fabric manufacturer took over in 1937.
I had brought over a few curiosities, among which the principal was a purse made of the asbestos, which purifies by fire.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin|Benjamin Franklin
Stones should not be put in home-made cookers which are not insulated with asbestos or other fireproof material.Mechanical Devices in the Home|Edith Louise Allen
The opening in the asbestos is closed with the palm of the hand, and gas is admitted to the chimney through the tube B.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
The quality of asbestos, however, is low, and better grades must be imported for some uses.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The tape Mac used to insure his connection had an asbestos base, with adhesive gum insinuated into the tape.Tight Squeeze|Dean Charles Ing
British Dictionary definitions for asbestos
- any of the fibrous amphibole and serpentine minerals, esp chrysotile and tremolite, that are incombustible and resistant to chemicals. It was formerly widely used in the form of fabric or board as a heat-resistant structural material
- (as modifier)asbestos matting
Word Origin for asbestos
Word Origin and History for asbestos
1650s, earlier albeston, abestus (c.1100), name of a fabulous stone, which, set afire, could not be extinguished; from Old French abeste, abestos, from Latin asbestos "quicklime" (which "burns" when cold water is poured on it), from Greek asbestos, literally "inextinguishable," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + sbestos, verbal adjective from sbennynai "to quench," from PIE root *(s)gwes- "to quench, extinguish" (cf. Lithuanian gestu "to go out," Old Church Slavonic gaso, Hittite kishtari "is being put out").
The Greek word was used by Dioscorides as a noun meaning "quicklime." "Erroneously applied by Pliny to an incombustible fibre, which he believed to be vegetable, but which was really the amiantos of the Greeks" [OED]. Meaning "mineral capable of being woven into incombustible fabric" is from c.1600 in English; earlier this was called amiant (early 15c.), from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos, literally "undefiled" (so called because it showed no mark or stain when thrown into fire). Supposed in the Middle Ages to be salamanders' wool. Prester John, the Emperor of India, and Pope Alexander III were said to have had robes or tunics made of it.