a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid, usually of either a standard light density (light mineral oil) or a standard heavy density (heavy mineral oil) consisting of mixtures of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum by distillation: used chiefly as a lubricant, in the manufacture of cosmetics, and in medicine as a laxative.
(Brit) any oil of mineral origin, esp petroleum
(US & Canadian) a colourless almost tasteless oily liquid obtained by petroleum distillation and used as a laxative Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) liquid paraffin
mineral oil n.
A colorless, odorless, tasteless oil distilled from petroleum. It is used as a lubricant and, in medicine, as a laxative.
noun 1. . noun 1. another name for asphalt
noun, (usually used with a plural verb) 1. a volatile distillation product of petroleum, used as a thinner for paints and varnishes. Compare (def 1). noun a refined distillate of petroleum used as a paint thinner; also called white spirits
noun 1. a spring of water that contains a significant amount of dissolved minerals. noun 1. a spring of water that contains a high proportion of dissolved mineral salts
noun 1. bitumen of the consistency of tar; maltha. noun 1. a natural black viscous tar intermediate in properties between petroleum and asphalt Also called maltha