from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of three flammable isomeric hydrocarbons, C6H4(CH3)2, obtained from wood and coal tar.
- n. A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a group of three isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons, di-methyl-benzene, found in coal and wood tar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any of a group of three metameric hydrocarbons of the aromatic series, found in coal and wood tar, and so named because found in crude wood spirit. They are colorless, oily, inflammable liquids, C6H4.(CH3)2, being dimethyl benzenes, and are called respectively orthoxylene, metaxylene, and paraxylene. Called also xylol.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of the three metameric dimethyl benzines C6H4 (CH3)2. They are volatile, inflammable liquids obtained from wood-spirit and from coal-tar. Also xylol, xylole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
From Ancient Greek ξύλον (ksulon, "wood") + -ene. (Wiktionary)