• An Asbestos-lined Kiln Door of the Hinge Type
    An Asbestos-lined Kiln Door of the Hinge Type
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asbestos a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asbestos (Min) A variety of amphibole or of pyroxene, occurring in long and delicate fibers, or in fibrous masses or seams, usually of a white, gray, or green-gray color. The name is also given to a similar variety of serpentine.☞ The finer varieties have been wrought into gloves and cloth which are incombustible. The cloth was formerly used as a shroud for dead bodies, and has been recommended for firemen's clothes. Asbestus in also employed in the manufacture of iron safes, for fireproof roofing, and for lampwicks. Some varieties are called amianthus. Dana.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asbestos A fabulous stone, which, once set on fire, could not be quenched: a notion due to observation of the effect of cold water in heating quicklime.
    • n asbestos A supposed kind of flax, alleged to be incombustible.
    • n asbestos A fibrous variety of amphibole or hornblende, composed of separable filaments, with a silky luster; also, in popular use, a similar variety of serpentine called chrysotile. Its fibers are sometimes delicate, flexible, and elastic, sometimes stiff and brittle, and when reduced to a powder are soft to the touch. Its colors are various shades of white, gray, or green, passing into brown, red, or black. It is incombustible, and is therefore used for making lamp-wicks, paper, firemen's clothing, building materials, twine, and rope for packing steam-joints and pistons; it is also prepared as a cement for protecting heated surfaces, roofs, and floors, and for various fire-proofing purposes. It is mined in Canada, Vermont, Virginia, South Carolina, and in Staten Island, New York. Some varieties are compact, and take a fine polish; others are loose, like flax or silky wool. Ligniform asbestos, or mountain-wood, is a variety presenting an irregular filamentous structure, like wood. Other varieties of hornblende asbestos are rock-cork, mountain-leather, fossil paper, and fossil flax. A fine variety is called amiantus (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asbestos az-best′os an incombustible mineral, a variety of hornblende, of a fine fibrous texture, resembling flax:
    • n Asbestos az-best′os (fig.) anything unquenchable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. asbestos,NL. asbestus,) a kind of mineral unaffected by fire, Gr. (prop. an adj.) inextinguishable; 'a priv. + to extinguish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; (lit.) unquenchable—a, neg., sbestos, extinguished.


In literature:

The act curtain and the asbestos curtain are raised.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Place a piece of asbestos board on the top and on that rest a suitable weight until the cement is cold and has thoroughly set.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The largest producers of asbestos are Canada (Quebec) and, to a considerably less extent, Russia.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The positions of the food-aperture and wire mat and asbestos support are seen.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
If canning is done by the oven process, a large sheet of asbestos, for the bottom of the oven, will prevent the cracking of jars.
"Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation" by Maria Parloa
Truth, which, like the asbestos, is still unconsumed and unaltered amidst these glowing fires.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
About ninety-five per cent of such asbestos is mixed with five per cent of wood pulp in water containing borax and glue.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
Its resemblance to asbestos has gained for it the name Cape Asbestos, the chief occurrence being in Cape Colony.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Know where the gas masks are and asbestos suits?
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
Asbestos, salt, sulfur, and cement are produced in quantities large enough to allow some exports.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

In poetry:

Feet echoing through deserted streets
In the soft darkness before dawn…
Brows aching, throbbing, burning - Life leaping in the shaken flesh
Like flame at an asbestos curtain.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
The man with gray hands smiles —
The smile of a man of business, intensely practical.
They are not hands at all
But asbestos receptacles.
Pom! Pom! 'They would have killed me.'
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a more than $242,000 grant to the Oklahoma Department of Labor to reduce asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant because of its fiber strength and heat-resistant properties.
Witnesses describe shoddy asbestos removal during Chattanooga textile plant demolition.
Guilty verdict rendered in federal asbestos trial in Chattanooga.
Three Chattanooga asbestos polluters sentenced to prison.
Low levels of asbestos have been found in a state building that's scheduled for an $18 million renovation.
The asbestos has been found in glue used to fasten latillas to ceilings and walls in the Manuel Lujan building in Santa Fe.
Court says it takes ' balanced approach' on asbestos cases.
Although banned in scores of countries, asbestos is actually booming in the United States, the US Geological Survey reports in a new study.
A celestial calling for Canada's last asbestos mine: Jeffrey Mine hosts Mars experiments.
OTTAWA—Canada has opposed listing chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical , the United Nations confirmed Wednesday, even as the Conservative government maintained its silence back home.
Asbestos, reinforced concrete would make demolishing Packard Plant expensive, lengthy.
The bids had two aspects, one for asbestos removal, the other for removal of the building itself.
Catamount Environ mental Inc was the sole bidder for asbestos removal, at $9,950.
Minhas said that as an engineer, he expects some asbestos is in Dogwood 's attic, but it probably isn't a large amount and the housing authority has the budget to handle the cleanup.

In science:

Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
Johansson has been taken ill with lung cancer will not consider the fact that he worked for years in asbestos manufacturing a part of an explanation if he already knew this fact.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Johansson’s illness may include a causal model describing the connection between asbestos fibers and lung cancer.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Johansson worked in asbestos manufacturing, the explanation would involve Mr.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Once we allow probabilistic causal models, explanations can include statements like “with probability .9, working with asbestos causes lung cancer”.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations