from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, oily, poisonous benzene derivative, C6H5NH2, used in the manufacture of rubber, dyes, resins, pharmaceuticals, and varnishes.
- adj. Derived from aniline.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The simplest aromatic amine, C6H5NH2, synthesized by the reduction of nitrobenzene; it is a colourless oily basic poisonous liquid used in the manufacture of dyes and pharmaceuticals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An organic base belonging to the phenylamines. It may be regarded as ammonia in which one hydrogen atom has been replaced by the radical phenyl. It is a colorless, oily liquid, originally obtained from indigo by distillation, but now largely manufactured from coal tar or nitrobenzene as a base from which many brilliant dyes are made.
- adj. Made from, or of the nature of, aniline.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Amidobenzol, C6H5NH2, a substance which furnishes a number of brilliant dyes.
- Pertaining to or derived from aniline: as, aniline colors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. oily poisonous liquid amine obtained from nitrobenzene and used to make dyes and plastics and medicines
anil + -ine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German Anilin (coined by German Chemist Carl Julius Fritzsche). From Portuguese anil ("indigo") + -in ("-ine (organic compounds)"). (Wiktionary)