from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organic oil, such as linseed oil, used as a binder in paints and varnishes. It dries into a tough elastic layer when applied in a thin film and exposed to air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An oil that hardens to a tough, solid film after a period of exposure to air.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an oil which, either naturally or after boiling with oxide of lead, absorbs oxygen from the air and dries up rapidly. Drying oils are used as the bases of many paints and varnishes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oil that hardens in air due to oxidation and is often used as a paint or varnish base


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