Definitions for xyleneˈzaɪ lin
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of three isomeric liquids, C8H10, of the benzene series, used in aviation gasoline and organic synthesis and in making dyes.
Origin of xylene:
1850–55; < Gk xýl(on) wood + -ene
a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
Any of a group of three isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons, di-methyl-benzene, found in coal and wood tar.
Origin: From ‘wood’ + -ene.
any of a group of three metameric hydrocarbons of the aromatic series, found in coal and wood tar, and so named because found in crude wood spirit. They are colorless, oily, inflammable liquids, C6H4.(CH3)2, being dimethyl benzenes, and are called respectively orthoxylene, metaxylene, and paraxylene. Called also xylol