from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless flammable liquid, CH3C6H5, obtained from coal tar or petroleum and used in aviation fuel and other high-octane fuels, in dyestuffs, explosives, and as a solvent for gums and lacquers. Also called methylbenzene.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A colourless, inflammable liquid hydrocarbon, methylbenzene, CH3.C6H5, used as a solvent, in high-octane fuels and in the production of many chemical compounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hydrocarbon, C6H5.CH3, of the aromatic series, homologous with benzene, and obtained as a light mobile colorless liquid, by distilling tolu balsam, coal tar, etc.; -- called also methyl benzene, phenyl methane, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Methyl benzene (C6H5.CH3), a hydrocarbon forming a colorless mobile liquid having the odor of benzene, and of specific gravity 0.883 at 32° F.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels
tolu (from which it was originally obtained) + -ene.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)