- 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)
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Example sentences from the Web for paraffin
There was paraffin-oil on its hair, face, arms, frock and feet.
Paraffin-oil is the poorest of all present-day forms of lantern illuminants.Optical Projection|Lewis Wright
Mingled with the paraffin-oil all over its person was cold boiled potato.
For many years afterwards William associated babies in his mind with paraffin-oil and potato.