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  • noun naphthalene


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  • He came back in the evening, when the gas was lit, and drove from the railway station to his house, where the rooms still smelt of naphthaline.


  • All sorts of strange furs, which no one ever used, and various uniforms were taken out and hung on a line, then the carpets and furniture were brought out, and the gate-keeper and the boy rolled their sleeves up their muscular arms and stood beating these things, keeping strict time, while the rooms were filled with the smell of naphthaline.


  • But to me (just as an aroma, unpleasant perhaps in itself, of naphthaline and flowering grasses would have thrilled me by giving me back the blue purity of the sea on the day of my arrival at Balbec), this smell of petrol which, with the smoke from the exhaust of the car, had so often melted into the pale azure, on those scorching days when I used to drive from

    The Captive

  • In testing any fuel where it is found difficult to completely consume a sample, a weighed amount of naphthaline may be added, the total weight of fuel and naphthaline being approximately one gram.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • The best method for the making of such a determination is probably the burning of a definite amount of resublimed naphthaline whose heat of combustion is known.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • The naphtha on redistillation yields benzine, from which are prepared some of our most beautiful dyes; the dead oil, as the less volatile portion is termed, furnishes carbolic acid, used as a disinfectant and antiseptic, together with anthracene and naphthaline; all three substances the starting points of new series of coloring matters.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884

  • The apparatus under consideration was employed in the St. Quentin gas works during the winter of 1881-1882, without giving rise to any obstruction; and, besides, it was found that by its use there might be avoided all choking up of the pipes at the works and the city mains through naphthaline.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882

  • The naphthaline has a known heat of combustion, samples for this purpose being obtainable from the United States Bureau of Standards, and from the combined heat of combustion of the fuel and naphthaline that of the former may be readily computed.

    Steam, Its Generation and Use

  • It is said, however, that a Strasbourg physician has found in naphthaline an absolutely trustworthy remedy.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 401, September 8, 1883

  • By a small apparatus a stick of naphthaline is attached to the burner so as to be slowly vaporized.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVI., December, 1880.


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