Meaning of ASBESTOS in English

— asbestine /as bes"tin, az-/ , asbestous , adj. — asbestoid, asbestoidal , adj.

/as bes"teuhs, az-/ , n.

1. Mineral. a fibrous mineral, either amphibole or chrysotile, formerly used for making incombustible or fireproof articles.

2. a fabric woven from asbestos fibers, formerly used for theater curtains, firefighters' gloves, etc.

3. Theat. a fireproof curtain.

Also, asbestus .

[ 1350-1400; a- A- 6 + sbestós ( sbes- var. s. of sbennýnai to quench + -tos ptp. suffix); r. ME asbeston, albeston ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .