Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Vaseline

[vas-uh-leen, vas-uh-leen]
Trademark.
  1. a brand of petrolatum.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vaseline

Contemporary Examples of vaseline

Historical Examples of vaseline


British Dictionary definitions for vaseline

Vaseline

noun
  1. a trademark for petrolatum
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vaseline

Vaseline

n.

1872, trademark for an ointment made from petroleum and marketed by Chesebrough Manufacturing Co., coined from German Wasser "water" + Greek elaion "oil" + scientific-sounded ending -ine. Robert A. Chesebrough was of the opinion that petroleum was a product of the underground decomposition of water.

The name is of mixed origin, being derived from Wasser, water, and elaion [Greek in the original], oil (water-oil), and indicates the belief of the discoverer that petroleum, the mother of Vaseline, is produced by the agency of heat and pressure from the carbon of certain rocks, and the hydrogen of water. ["The Monthly Review of Dental Surgery," February 1877]
Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vaseline in Medicine

Vaseline

(văsə-lēn′, văs′ə-lēn)
  1. A trademark for a brand of petroleum jelly.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.