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creosote


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creosote  \Cre"o*sote\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Creosoted} 
  (-s?"t?d);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Creosoting}.] 
  To  saturate  or  impregnate  with  creosote,  as  timber,  for  the 
  prevention  of  decay. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creosote  \Cre"o*sote\  (kr?"?-s?t),  n.  [Gr.  ???,  gen.  ???,  flesh 
  +  ???  to  preserve.]  (Chem.) 
  Wood-tar  oil;  an  oily  antiseptic  liquid,  of  a  burning  smoky 
  taste,  colorless  when  pure,  but  usually  colored  yellow  or 
  brown  by  impurity  or  exposure.  It  is  a  complex  mixture  of 
  various  phenols  and  their  ethers,  and  is  obtained  by  the 
  distillation  of  wood  tar,  especially  that  of  beechwood. 
 
  Note:  It  is  remarkable  as  an  antiseptic  and  deodorizer  in  the 
  preservation  of  wood,  flesh,  etc.,  and  in  the 
  prevention  of  putrefaction;  but  it  is  a  poor  germicide, 
  and  in  this  respect  has  been  overrated.  Smoked  meat,  as 
  ham,  owes  its  preservation  and  taste  to  a  small 
  quantity  of  creosote  absorbed  from  the  smoke  to  which 
  it  is  exposed.  Carbolic  acid  is  phenol  proper,  while 
  creosote  is  a  mixture  of  several  phenols. 
 
  {Coal-tar  creosote}  (Chem.),  a  colorless  or  yellow,  oily 
  liquid,  obtained  in  the  distillation  of  coal  tar,  and 
  resembling  wood-tar  oil,  or  creosote  proper,  in 
  composition  and  properties. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  creosote 
  n  1:  a  colorless  or  yellowish  oily  liquid  obtained  by 
  distillation  of  wood  tar;  used  as  an  antiseptic 
  2:  a  dark  oily  liquid  obtained  by  distillation  of  coal  tar; 
  used  as  a  preservative  for  wood  [syn:  {coal-tar  creosote}] 
  v  :  treat  with  creosote;  "creosoated  wood" 




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