from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless or yellowish crystalline compound, C14H12, used in the manufacture of dyes and optical bleaches and as a phosphor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two isomeric hydrocarbons, diphenylethylene, but especially the trans isomer, used in the manufacture of dyes and many other compounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hydrocarbon, C14H12, produced artificially in large, fine crystals; -- called also diphenyl ethylene, toluylene, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless compound, C6H5CH:CHC6H5, prepared by the action of heated lead oxid on toluene. It crystallizes in large monoclinic plates, melts at 124° C., and boils at 306–307° C. Also called toluylene and symmetrical diphenylethylene.
Greek stilbos, shining (from stilbein, to shimmer) + -ene.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)