American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two incombustible, chemical-resistant, fibrous mineral forms of impure magnesium silicate, used for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings, and chemical filters.
- adj. Of, made of, or containing one or the other of these two mineral forms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous stone, which, once set on fire, could not be quenched: a notion due to observation of the effect of cold water in heating quicklime.
- n. A supposed kind of flax, alleged to be incombustible.
- n. A fibrous variety of amphibole or hornblende, composed of separable filaments, with a silky luster; also, in popular use, a similar variety of serpentine called chrysotile. Its fibers are sometimes delicate, flexible, and elastic, sometimes stiff and brittle, and when reduced to a powder are soft to the touch. Its colors are various shades of white, gray, or green, passing into brown, red, or black. It is incombustible, and is therefore used for making lamp-wicks, paper, firemen's clothing, building materials, twine, and rope for packing steam-joints and pistons; it is also prepared as a cement for protecting heated surfaces, roofs, and floors, and for various fire-proofing purposes. It is mined in Canada, Vermont, Virginia, South Carolina, and in Staten Island, New York. Some varieties are compact, and take a fine polish; others are loose, like flax or silky wool. Ligniform asbestos, or mountain-wood, is a variety presenting an irregular filamentous structure, like wood. Other varieties of hornblende asbestos are rock-cork, mountain-leather, fossil paper, and fossil flax. A fine variety is called
- n. Any of several fibrous mineral forms of magnesium silicate, used for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings, and chemical filters; the small fibres can cause cancer when lodged in the lungs.
- adj. Of, or relating to asbestos.
- n. a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer
- Old French abeste, from Ancient Greek ἄσβεστος (asbestos, "unquenchable, inextinguishable"), from ἀ- (a-, "not") + σβέννυμι (sbennumi, "I quench, quell"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English asbestus, from Latin asbestos, mineral or gem, from Greek, mineral or gem, unslaked lime, from asbestos, unquenchable : a-, not; see a-1 + sbennunai, sbes-, to quench. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term asbestos covers all fibrous minerals with some tensile strength which are poor conductors and can be used for heat-protection.”
“The Greek word ασβεστος, meaning "unquenchable", survives as the term asbestos, a mineral once prized as a flame-retardant.”
“They are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder — and I hope they put it on their faces every day.”
“I had the opportunity to ask him a question about the asbestos issue, since he has been dancing around it for weeks: now that the Health Canada report on asbestos is in the public domain, will he and his party take a final, definitive stand on the export of this carcinogen to the Third World?”
“Last weekend: "I'm probably walking right off the cliff into some unexpected public policy bog of which I'm unaware, but if asbestos is bad for Parliamentarians in the Parliament of Canada, it just has to be bad for everybody else," he said.”
“If the ceilings contain asbestos, removal could be very expensive and possibly require vacating the house while the work is done.”
“If your ceilings do contain asbestos, you should not tamper with them.”
“If the ceilings do not contain asbestos, you can try removal by wetting the material and scraping it off.”
“Climate change skeptics “are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder,” he said.”
“•Employees at three law firms that specialize in asbestos litigation are among Biden's top 10 all-time contributors, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.”
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