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unleaded

Syllabification: un·lead·ed
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈledəd
 
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Definition of unleaded in English:

adjective

1(Especially of gasoline) without added tetraethyl lead.
Example sentences
  • Spanish fuel stations supply most internationally known brands of unleaded petrol (gasolina sin plomo) and diesel (gas oil).
  • Tax on unleaded petrol was due to rise 1.4p per litre last month but this was held back because of a global rise in petrol prices.
  • Service stations now have to display the price of three products which must include the price of unleaded petrol.
2Not covered, weighted, or framed with lead.
Example sentences
  • Do you select scented or unscented candles, beeswax, soybean or paraffin, leaded or unleaded wicks?
  • Derivatives of the Colchester brooch were now being made of leaded bronze, presumably a cheaper metal, but not malleable so that the pin-spring had to be made separately of an unleaded alloy.
3 Printing (Of type) with no space or leads added between lines.
Example sentences
  • A font is 12 points high if the distance between the baselines of two adjacent lines of (unleaded) text is 12 points.
  • Traditionally a 12 point font is one where the metal slugs are 12 points tall -- or where the baseline to baseline spacing of unleaded text is 12 points, so an em was the size of the metal.

noun

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Gasoline without added lead.
Example sentences
  • The cheapest was Tesco, at Middlebrook, selling unleaded at 82.9p and diesel at 86.9p.
  • They say that the motorist is getting a premium unleaded petrol well below the cost of normal unleaded.
  • I was just, you know, filling up with four star, I mean unleaded, you know, petrol.

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