Definition of gasoline in English:


Syllabification: gas·o·line
Pronunciation: /ˌgasəˈlēn, ˈgasəlēn
( • dated also gasolene)


North American
  • Refined petroleum used as fuel for internal combustion engines.
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    • 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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