Definition of naphtha in English:

Share this entry

naphtha

Pronunciation: /ˈnapTHə/ /ˈnafTHə/

noun

Chemistry
A flammable oil containing various hydrocarbons, obtained by the dry distillation of organic substances such as coal, shale, or petroleum.
Example sentences
  • Use a good grade of naphtha, isopropyl alcohol, or butyl cellosolve on polycarbonate domes.
  • To avoid having sodium react with oxygen or water vapor in the air, it is usually stored under kerosene, naphtha, or some other organic liquid with which it does not react.
  • The temblor and subsequent aftershocks are believed to have dislodged the cover of the tank, which was filled with 26,000 kiloliters of naphtha - a highly flammable petroleum byproduct.

Origin

Late Middle English napte, from Latin naphtha, from Greek, of Asian origin; the Latin spelling was introduced in the late 16th century.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.