One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 was used for pipe insulation’as modifier ‘asbestos shingles’
- ‘The most commonly used type of asbestos, accounting for 95% of all commercial usage, is chrysotile, also called white asbestos.’
- ‘The focus of the ad was to inform the public that chrysotile asbestos does not cause cancer.’
- ‘Up until the late 1980s, carcinogenic asbestos was used in building houses.’
- ‘Most of the raw asbestos goes into the manufacture of brake linings in Melbourne.’
- ‘But his lungs lost the battle for health years ago when he worked with blue asbestos fibres, insulating for the telephone company.’
- ‘Several Asian countries still use brown asbestos, and almost all of them still use white asbestos.’
- ‘The asbestos would be mixed with a soapy material and be subjected to a high temperature.’
- ‘Firefighters learned there was asbestos in wall panels in the blazing block shortly after arriving.’
- ‘The notice prevented further work in the affected part of the hangar until asbestos debris or loose asbestos had been removed.’
- ‘The inhalation of amphibole asbestos is now widely recognized as being highly dangerous to human health.’
- ‘The asbestos fibres got stuck in the hand-knitted socks and jumpers.’
- ‘Several powders or dry colours use a base of asbestos, chalk powder or silica.’
- ‘When these buildings begin to deteriorate, asbestos fibres may be released.’
- ‘Like many projects of this type, we had to deal with removal of asbestos and lead paint.’
- ‘The company had told the workers the building was free of asbestos.’
- ‘For many years asbestos was considered a safe material ideal for fire prevention and insulation.’
- ‘Asbestos becomes a health hazard if it releases asbestos fibres into the air.’
- ‘I have now heard that there is asbestos in this building so it would cost a lot of money to sort the problem out.’
- ‘The point is, exposure to asbestos, dust and fibre on its own can cause lung cancer.’
- ‘One of the varieties is the dangerous blue asbestos, crocidolite.’
- 1.1 Fabric containing asbestos.
- ‘The council is also pressing for safeguards to ensure no toxic materials such as asbestos are processed on the site.’
- ‘She remembered how there were pipes in a basement ward lagged with what appeared to be asbestos insulation.’
- ‘We eventually had to make special asbestos cloth covers for the footwell to stop the fried foot problem.’
- ‘The floor is covered with thick black linoleum and the walls are acoustically treated with an asbestos compound.’
- ‘However, the outside walls were never plastered and asbestos was the material used for the roof.’
Early 17th century, via Latin from Greek asbestos ‘unquenchable’ (applied by Dioscurides to quicklime), from a- ‘not’ + sbestos (from sbennumi ‘quench’).
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