from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oily product which is given off in large quantity in the destructive distillation of bituminous shale. The lighter oils are used for illuminating, and the heavier for lubricating purposes.
- n. In petroleum-refining, this term is specifically applied to the heavy oils of high boiling-point, used for lubrication, or from which paraffin scale may be made.
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The cell, having the paraffin-oil seal, had a very neat, clean appearance as compared with cells No. 1 and No. 2.
Dr. Graham's assistant devoted himself to practical chemistry, and made for himself a brilliant name by the purification of petroleum, adapting it for use in private houses, and by the manufacture of paraffin and paraffin-oil.