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liquid oxygen

a clear, pale blue liquid obtained by compressing oxygen and then cooling it below its boiling point: used chiefly as an oxidizer in liquid rocket propellants.
Also called lox, LOX.
Origin of liquid oxygen
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was powdered magnesium in contact with it and liquid oxygen all about.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • We may safely feel certain that the nostrum was not liquid oxygen.

  • liquid oxygen boil off made a hazy lake in which men walked with apparent unconcern.

  • The bullet—a small, thin metal shell, filled with a secret chemical and liquid oxygen—went wild.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • You and your President, too, aren't worth the liquid oxygen to blow you to Hades!

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • Then he went to the air-apparatus and took out a flask of the liquid oxygen used to keep his breathing-air in balance.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The beauty is enhanced by the fact that while liquid air is colorless, or practically so, liquid oxygen is distinctly blue.

  • Of course cotton sheeting in liquid oxygen is not quite as good an explosive as carbon-black, which they used down in the mine.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • This difference amounts to about 1⁄10 at the temperature of liquid oxygen, and about 1⁄5 at that of liquid hydrogen.

  • The liquid oxygen left after exposure of liquid air may be placed in a hollow in a cake of ice.

British Dictionary definitions for liquid oxygen

liquid oxygen

the clear pale blue liquid state of oxygen produced by liquefying air and allowing the nitrogen to evaporate: used in rocket fuels Also called lox
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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