• WordNet 3.6
    • n xylene a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Xylene (Chem) Any of a group of three metameric hydrocarbons of the aromatic series, found in coal and wood tar, and so named because found in crude wood spirit. They are colorless, oily, inflammable liquids, C6H4.(CH3)2, being dimethyl benzenes, and are called respectively orthoxylene metaxylene, and paraxylene. Called also xylol.☞ Each of these xylenes is the nucleus and prototype of a distinct series of compounds.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n xylene Any one of the three metameric dimethyl benzines C6H4 (CH3)2. They are volatile, inflammable liquids obtained from wood-spirit and from coal-tar. Also xylol, xylole.
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. xy`lon wood


In literature:

The musk deer may now be saved from extinction since we can make tri-nitro-butyl-xylene from coal tar.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
While the scraping and cutting are being accomplished, the skin should be soaked and massaged in xylene to soften.
"The Science of Fingerprints" by Federal Bureau of Investigation
The original patent of Baur, obtained in 1889, covered the tri-nitro-derivative of tertiary butyl xylene.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
An analogous synthesis is that of di-hydro-m-xylene from methyl heptenone, (CH3)2C:CH.(CH2)2.CO.CH3.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Apart from the softening point the pitch is all the more valued the more constituents it contains which are soluble in xylene.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
C. On exposure to sunlight a solution of anthracene in benzene or xylene deposits para-anthracene (C14H10)2, which melts at 244 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Revision of D5580 - 02(2007) Standard Test Method for Determination of Benzene, Toluene , Ethylbenzene, p/m-Xylene, o-Xylene, C9 and Heavier Aromatics, and Total Aromatics in Finished Gasoline by Gas Chromatography.
Revision of D5580 - 02(2007) Standard Test Method for Determination of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, p/m- Xylene , o- Xylene , C9 and Heavier Aromatics, and Total Aromatics in Finished Gasoline by Gas Chromatography.
Asia xylene prices rebound on surging crude futures.
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Prices of Asian xylenes rebounded on Wednesday in tandem with surging crude futures after the US Federal Reserve pledged to keep interest rates low for the next two years, sources said.
Europe xylene markets see improved sentiment.
LONDON (ICIS news)--Sentiment in the European xylenes market has been improving over the last week due to renewed buying interest, players said on Thursday.
China suspends p- xylene project in Zhenhai following protests.
Or does money desensitize us to the idea of children breathing xylenes and trimethylbenzenes while they sit in their classrooms, play on the playground and sleep in their beds at night.
Among the chemicals detected at elevated concentrations in the new study were trimethylbenzenes, aliphatic hydrocarbons and xylenes.
Biochemical startup announces para-xylene breakthrough.
Martin Carbonez will be responsible for spot trading on Mixed Xylenes, Para-xylenes, Ortho-xylenes and Toluene.
In the oil field, oil based solvents may range from xylene for asphaltenes and sludges, to kerosene and diesel/xylene mixtures for paraffins.
Van Dijk had previously been in logistics, and later traded toluene, mixed xylenes and methanol in his 11 years at traders InterChem.