One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings.‘asbestos was used for pipe insulation’as modifier ‘asbestos shingles’
- ‘Firefighters learned there was asbestos in wall panels in the blazing block shortly after arriving.’
- ‘For many years asbestos was considered a safe material ideal for fire prevention and insulation.’
- ‘The asbestos fibres got stuck in the hand-knitted socks and jumpers.’
- ‘Several Asian countries still use brown asbestos, and almost all of them still use white asbestos.’
- ‘The point is, exposure to asbestos, dust and fibre on its own can cause lung cancer.’
- ‘I have now heard that there is asbestos in this building so it would cost a lot of money to sort the problem out.’
- ‘Most of the raw asbestos goes into the manufacture of brake linings in Melbourne.’
- ‘The company had told the workers the building was free of asbestos.’
- ‘Up until the late 1980s, carcinogenic asbestos was used in building houses.’
- ‘Asbestos becomes a health hazard if it releases asbestos fibres into the air.’
- ‘When these buildings begin to deteriorate, asbestos fibres may be released.’
- ‘The asbestos would be mixed with a soapy material and be subjected to a high temperature.’
- ‘The inhalation of amphibole asbestos is now widely recognized as being highly dangerous to human health.’
- ‘But his lungs lost the battle for health years ago when he worked with blue asbestos fibres, insulating for the telephone company.’
- ‘The focus of the ad was to inform the public that chrysotile asbestos does not cause cancer.’
- ‘Like many projects of this type, we had to deal with removal of asbestos and lead paint.’
- ‘One of the varieties is the dangerous blue asbestos, crocidolite.’
- ‘The notice prevented further work in the affected part of the hangar until asbestos debris or loose asbestos had been removed.’
- ‘The most commonly used type of asbestos, accounting for 95% of all commercial usage, is chrysotile, also called white asbestos.’
- ‘Several powders or dry colours use a base of asbestos, chalk powder or silica.’
- 1.1 Fabric containing asbestos.
- ‘We eventually had to make special asbestos cloth covers for the footwell to stop the fried foot problem.’
- ‘She remembered how there were pipes in a basement ward lagged with what appeared to be asbestos insulation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The council is also pressing for safeguards to ensure no toxic materials such as asbestos are processed on the site.’
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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