• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paraffine (Chem) A white waxy substance, resembling spermaceti, tasteless and odorless, and obtained from coal tar, wood tar, petroleum, etc., by distillation. It is used in candles, as a sealing agent (such as in canning of preserves), as a waterproofing agent, as an illuminant and as a lubricant. It is very inert, not being acted upon by most of the strong chemical reagents. It was formerly regarded as a definite compound, but is now known to be a complex mixture of several higher hydrocarbons of the methane or marsh-gas series; hence, by extension, any substance, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, of the same chemical series; thus gasoline, coal gas and kerosene consist largely of paraffins.☞ In the present chemical usage this word is spelled paraffin, but in commerce it is commonly spelled paraffine.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paraffine, fr. L. parum, too little + affinis, akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity


In literature:

PARSON (laughing): To tell you the truth, I came down to beg a touch of the paraffin this time.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
Paraffin is a solid that's largely hydrogen.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
On light-weight goods the softener giving the most general satisfaction is paraffin.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
It contains some paraffine.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
I've put paraffin all over him.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
We lighted the paraffin flare; supped on sandwiches and oily tea.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
To cover with paraffin dip the leaf for a moment into melted paraffin.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
For this amount of perfume you require about four quarts of the liquid paraffine.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
It smelt strongly of paraffin and of the copra which was its usual cargo.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
With the rain came gloom so deep that Adams had to light the paraffin lamp.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
The cheap and smelling paraffin lamp being lit, I took a hasty glance around the poor man's home.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
We carried in our solitary package and opened it by the feeble flickering of a paraffine dip.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Latterly I have been wondering if paraffin had been known then whether or not it would have served better than grease.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Paraffined containers are characterized by an outer covering of glossy paraffin, and are made in various shapes.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Tresco stood in the yellow light of the paraffin lamp, and gazed in wonderment at Gentle Annie.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Paraffine, production of, 114.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
We first cleaned all the carriages out with paraffin.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
Ask Norah if she has any paraffin left over.
"The Fun of Cooking" by Caroline French Benton
Set in the sun until it is firm, then cover with melted paraffine.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
There was an odour of paraffin.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells

In poetry:

But tho’ he drank nothing but paraffin oil
He didn’t improve one iota
While at breakfast he sat in the Hotel de Chat
He gambled the roe of his bloater.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett
It didn't want no stable, it didn't ask no groom,
It didn't need no nothin' but a bit o' standin' room.
Just fill it up with paraffin an' it would go all day,
Which the same should be agin the law if I could 'ave my way.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle

In news:

Vysis ALK Break Apart FISH Probe Kit, with the Vysis Paraffin Pretreatment IV and Post Hybridization Wash Buffer Kit, ProbeChek ALK Negative Control S. Food & Drug Administration.
We love the gooey goodness of a paraffin treatment, and we're always amused playing with the wax of a just-blown-out candle.
39 for Vitamin C Facial & Paraffin Hand Treatment (reg.
Rub the drawer frame — the spots where the drawer glides into the frame — with candle wax, paraffin, or even an old bar of soap to give it a little extra glide.
The Evolution of Paraffin Treatments.
U S Chemical./ Beta Technology, Inc. Thursday's Ask the Experts: Paraffin buildup.
Thursday's Ask the Experts: Paraffin buildup.
INTERVIEWS Download Dirty Paraffin 's Cheeky 'Download This'.
Q I am using infected rabbit lung sections embedded in paraffin for immunohistochemistry (IHC).
Readers of the ICIS weekly Paraffin Wax (Europe) report will be flocking to see a new sculpture in London's Royal Academy of Arts (RA).
Thursday's Ask the Experts: Paraffin buildup .
INTERVIEWS Download Dirty Paraffin's Cheeky 'Download This'.
1940s Japanese prostitutes have their breasts injected with substances such as paraffin, sponges and non-medical grade silicone to enlarge their breasts, believing that American servicemen favor women with large breasts.
The Zen Hands Treatment includes a full 30 minute hand massage and Paraffin treatment with either Leah Piggott or Deb Linde.
You make a reservation at the local day spa—something froufrou with citrus fragrances, creamy moisturizers, and a paraffin dip.

In science:

Small tissue cores (0.6–2 mm in diameter) are extracted from the corresponding biopsy paraffin blocks (donor block), then inserted into a TMA receiver block according to the plan.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach