Definition of asbestos in English:

asbestos

Pronunciation /asˈbestəs//azˈbestəs/

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘The asbestos fibres got stuck in the hand-knitted socks and jumpers.’
    • ‘Firefighters learned there was asbestos in wall panels in the blazing block shortly after arriving.’
    • ‘Most of the raw asbestos goes into the manufacture of brake linings in Melbourne.’
    • ‘The inhalation of amphibole asbestos is now widely recognized as being highly dangerous to human health.’
    • ‘Several Asian countries still use brown asbestos, and almost all of them still use white asbestos.’
    • ‘When these buildings begin to deteriorate, asbestos fibres may be released.’
    • ‘But his lungs lost the battle for health years ago when he worked with blue asbestos fibres, insulating for the telephone company.’
    • ‘The company had told the workers the building was free of asbestos.’
    • ‘The most commonly used type of asbestos, accounting for 95% of all commercial usage, is chrysotile, also called white asbestos.’
    • ‘Up until the late 1980s, carcinogenic asbestos was used in building houses.’
    • ‘The focus of the ad was to inform the public that chrysotile asbestos does not cause 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.’
    • ‘Asbestos becomes a health hazard if it releases asbestos fibres into the air.’
    • ‘The point is, exposure to asbestos, dust and fibre on its own can cause lung cancer.’
    • ‘The asbestos would be mixed with a soapy material and be subjected to a high temperature.’
    • ‘The notice prevented further work in the affected part of the hangar until asbestos debris or loose asbestos had been removed.’
    • ‘Several powders or dry colours use a base of asbestos, chalk powder or silica.’
    • ‘One of the varieties is the dangerous blue asbestos, crocidolite.’
    • ‘For many years asbestos was considered a safe material ideal for fire prevention and insulation.’
    • ‘Like many projects of this type, we had to deal with removal of asbestos and lead paint.’
    1. 1.1 Fabric containing asbestos.
      • ‘We eventually had to make special asbestos cloth covers for the footwell to stop the fried foot problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the outside walls were never plastered and asbestos was the material used for the roof.’
      • ‘The floor is covered with thick black linoleum and the walls are acoustically treated with an asbestos compound.’

Origin

Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek asbestos unquenchable (applied by Dioscurides to quicklime), from a- not + sbestos (from sbennumi quench).

Pronunciation

asbestos

/asˈbestəs//azˈbestəs/