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asbestos


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asbestus  \As*bes"tus\,  Asbestos  \As*bes"tos\  (?;  277),  n.  [L. 
  asbestos  (NL.  asbestus)  a  kind  of  mineral  unaffected  by  fire, 
  Gr  ?  (prop.  an  adj.)  inextinguishable;  'a  priv.  +  ?  to 
  extinguish.]  (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. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asbestos 
  n  :  a  fibrous  amphibole;  used  for  making  fireproof  articles; 
  inhaling  fibers  can  cause  asbestosis  or  lung  cancer 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  asbestos  adj  [common]  Used  as  a  modifier  to  anything  intended 
  to  protect  one  from  {flame}s;  also  in  other  highly  {flame}-suggestive 
  usages.  See  for  example,  {asbestos  longjohns}  and  {asbestos  cork  award}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  asbestos 
 
    Used  as  a  modifier  to  anything  intended  to  protect 
  one  from  {flames};  also  in  other  highly  {flame}-suggestive 
  usages.  E.g.,  {asbestos  longjohns},  {asbestos  cork  award}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1996-02-06) 
 
 




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