- any member of the alkane series.
- one of the higher members of the alkane series, solid at ordinary temperatures, having a boiling point above 300°C, which largely constitutes the commercial form of this substance.
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for paraffin
On light-weight goods the softener giving the most general satisfaction is paraffin.Textiles|William H. Dooley
Pour it into glasses and put it in the sunshine for two days, then cover with paraffin and put it away.Living on a Little|Caroline French Benton
A paraffin test was also run of Oswald's cheek and it produced a negative result.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The Captain groaned, but what he said more Julia did not hear; she went out into the kitchen to get paraffin.The Good Comrade|Una L. Silberrad
The best fuel, taking everything into consideration, is a paraffin candle in cold climates, and a stearine candle in hot ones.The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble