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asbestos    : [æsb'ɛstəs]
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.
[1913 Webster]

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.

asbestos
n 1: a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles;
inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "asbestos":
act drop, amianthus, asbestos board, asbestos curtain, backdrop,
batten, border, cloth, coulisse, counterweight, curtain,
curtain board, cyclorama, decor, drop, drop curtain, earth flax,
fire break, fire curtain, fire line, fire resistance,
fire retardant, fire wall, fireproofing, flat, flipper, hanging,
mountain flax, rag, scene, scenery, screen, side scene,
stage screw, tab, tableau, teaser, tormentor, transformation,
transformation scene, wing, wingcut, woodcut



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  • ASBESTOS | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    “asbestos” in American English See all translations asbestos noun [ U ] us ​ æsˈbes·təs, æz- › a soft, gray-white material that does not burn and was used in buildings as a protection against fire, and as a form of insulation (= way of stopping heat from escaping): Inhaling asbestos fibers can make you sick
  • Asbestos definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Translations for 'asbestos' British English: asbestos NOUN Asbestos is a grey material which does not burn and which has been used as a protection against fire or heat asbestos gloves American English: asbestos Brazilian Portuguese: amianto Chinese: 石棉 European Spanish: amianto
  • Asbestos definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Times, Sunday Times (2015) He was convinced there was a link between asbestos fibres in the owners' homes and dogs suffering from this cancer Times, Sunday Times (2006) It is safe to occupy a building once asbestos has been properly removed, whereas asbestos management in schools is expensive
  • asbestos definition | English definition dictionary | Reverso
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  • asbestos | Definition of asbestos in English by Oxford . . .
    Definition of asbestos in English: asbestos noun mass noun 1A highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and in fire-resistant and insulating materials
  • asbestos (noun) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary
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  • Asbestos | Definition of Asbestos at Dictionary. com
    Origin of asbestos 1350–1400; < Latin < Greek: literally, unquenched, equivalent to a- a-6 + sbestós (sbes- variant stem of sbennýnai to quench + -tos past participle suffix); replacing Middle English asbeston, albeston < Middle French < Latin
  • Asbestos | Definition of Asbestos by Merriam-Webster
    Asbestos definition is - any of several minerals (such as chrysotile) that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that cause asbestosis and have been implicated as causes of certain cancers, and that have been used especially formerly as fireproof insulating materials Did You Know?
  • asbestos sheet - English Dictionary Definition
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