American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A yellowish oil extracted from the seeds of flax and used as a drying oil in paints and varnishes and in linoleum, printing inks, and synthetic resins.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drying-oil produced by pressure from linseed, varying in color from light amber to dark yellow. Cold-drawn or cold-pressed linseed-oil is obtained from the crushed seeds without heat. Raw or ordinary linseed-oil is produced by steaming the crushed seeds before expressing the oil. The yield is from 20 to 25 per cent. of oil. Boiled linseed-oil is obtained by boiling the raw oil with litharge, sugar of lead, or some similar substance, the result being a dark oil drying more rapidly than the raw oil. Linseed-oil is used as a vehicle for colors by painters, for printing-inks, varnishes, linoleum, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. oil obtained by pressure from flaxseed.
- n. a drying oil extracted from flax seed and used in making such things as oil paints
“The self-heating process of linseed oil on cotton, the investigators said, releases large quantities of a choking, white, "lachrymatory" (tear-making) smoke.”
“Not a sign of barnacles, and there was fresh linseed oil on the timbers.”
““Khizáb” a paste of quicklime and lamp-black kneaded with linseed oil which turns the Henna to a dark olive.”
“The day before the fire, Forni said, electricians finished their work and the cleanup crew used turpentine and linseed oil to clean and rub down the redwood paneling and other wooden fixtures in preparation for the move-in the next day.”
“While the sound of her approach crescendoed, he muttered a string of curses under his breath, soaked a rag with linseed oil and scrubbed the ink from his hands.”
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