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gasoline Syllabification: gas·o·line
Pronunciation: /ˌɡasəˈlēn/
( dated also gasolene)

Definition of gasoline in English:


North American
Refined petroleum used as fuel for internal combustion engines.
Example sentences
  • The mother had warned them that heat from the kitchen might ignite the gasoline in the fuel tank.
  • The refinery is the nation's largest producer of gasoline, kerosene and other refined products.
  • Lead is used to increase the octane number of gasoline to lower its burning point and make it easier to burn.


Mid 19th century: from gas + -ol + -ine4 (or -ene).

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