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par·af·fin  (pr-fn)
1. A waxy white or colorless solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials. Also called paraffin wax.
2. Chemistry A member of the alkane series.
3. Chiefly British Kerosene.
tr.v. par·af·fined, par·af·fin·ing, par·af·fins
To saturate, impregnate, or coat with paraffin.

[German : Latin parum, little, not very; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + Latin affnis, associated with (from its lack of affinity with other materials); see affined.]

paraf·finic adj.

paraffin [ˈpærəfɪn] less commonly, paraffine [ˈpærəˌfiːn]
1. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) Also called paraffin oil (esp US and Canadian) kerosene a liquid mixture consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with boiling points in the range 150°-300°C, used as an aircraft fuel, in domestic heaters, and as a solvent
2. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) another name for alkane
3. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) See paraffin wax
4. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) See liquid paraffin
vb (tr)
(Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) to treat with paraffin or paraffin wax
[from German, from Latin parum too little + affinis adjacent; so called from its chemical inertia]

paraffin  (pr-fn)
1. A waxy, white or colorless solid mixture of hydrocarbons made from petroleum and used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and waterproof coatings. Also called paraffin wax.
2. See alkane.

paraffin  /prfn/  n. a type of wax used to make candles and waxed paper: He used paraffin from the candle to seal his letter. paraffin

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