from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A soft unctuous substance, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons of the paraffin series, obtained from residues left after the distillation of lighter oils from crude petroleum, or deposited from crude petroleum on standing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem. & Pharm.) A semisolid unctuous substance, neutral, and without taste or odor, derived from petroleum by distilling off the lighter portions and purifying the residue. It is a yellowish, fatlike mass, transparent in thin layers, and somewhat fluorescent. It is used as a bland protective dressing, and as a substitute for fatty materials in ointments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a smooth, semisolid mixture of mineral oil and waxes; used as a lubricant and in polishes, cosmetics and ointments

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

  • noun a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication


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

[From petrol.]



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