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Definitions of bitumen

  1. Mineral pitch; a black, tarry substance, burning with a bright flame; Jew's pitch. It occurs as an abundant natural product in many places, as on the shores of the Dead and Caspian Seas. It is used in cements, in the construction of pavements, etc. See Asphalt. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. By extension, any one of the natural hydrocarbons, including the hard, solid, brittle varieties called asphalt, the semisolid maltha and mineral tars, the oily petroleums, and even the light, volatile naphthas. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A name used for various substances found in the earth, which are easily set on fire and have a strong smell; mineral pitch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A name applied to various inflammable mineral substances, as naphtha, petroleum, asphaltum. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Mineral pitch. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A native mineral containing naphtha or asphalt; mineral pitch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. BITUMINOUS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for bitumen

  1. The bitumen softened, and one of the lady's eyes slipped down on to her cheek; and they had to hang the portrait upside down and keep it warm until the eye slipped back into its place. – The Vanishing Man by R. Austin Freeman
  2. They have, moreover, found his grave in some parts of the country S. E, of the Dead Sea, and make cups of a kind of bitumen called " Moses' Stones." – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
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