Definition of naphtha:
- The complex mixture of volatile, liquid, inflammable hydrocarbons, occurring naturally, and usually called crude petroleum, mineral oil, or rock oil. Specifically: That portion of the distillate obtained in the refinement of petroleum which is intermediate between the lighter gasoline and the heavier benzine, and has a specific gravity of about 0. 7, -- used as a solvent for varnishes, as a carburetant, illuminant, etc.
There were some stalls still lighted up, and the flaring naphtha showed Rosalie an immense picture hanging over the tent, representing a number of diminutive men and women; and above the picture there was a board, on which was written in large letters- 'The Royal Show of Dwarfs.- "A Peep Behind the Scenes", Mrs. O. F. Walton.
- "An Introduction to Chemical Science", R.P. Williams.