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[gas-uh-leen, gas-uh-leen] /ˌgæs əˈlin, ˈgæs əˌlin/
a volatile, flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum, and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines, as a solvent, etc.
Origin of gasoline
1860-65, Americanism; gas + -ol2 + -ine2
Related forms
gasolineless, adjective
[gas-uh-lee-nik, -lin-ik] /ˌgæs əˈli nɪk, -ˈlɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gasoline
  • When considering fuel, let's take the example of gasoline.
  • With regards to ethanol as a fuel source, it isn't as energy dense as gasoline or diesel.
  • Improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles would reduce gasoline consumption.
  • He threw gasoline on the fires of that hatred with utter abandon.
  • He had gotten a job as a gasoline service station attendant.
  • There were protests-Californians stuck their gasoline credit cards on skewers and lit them on fire-followed by new horrors.
  • Towns shrank and cities grew as gasoline-powered automobiles vastly expanded the possibilities of personal mobility.
  • It is about continuing are dependence on foreign oil, but collecting huge gasoline taxes for use in buying votes.
  • Crude oil and gasoline prices are near an all-time high.
  • There's the whoosh and honking of traffic, and the smell of diesel and gasoline fumes rising in the air.
British Dictionary definitions for gasoline


(US & Canadian) any one of various volatile flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane, obtained from petroleum and used as a solvent and a fuel for internal-combustion engines. Usually petrol also contains additives such as antiknock compounds and corrosion inhibitors Also called (esp in Britain) petrol
Derived Forms
gasolinic (ˌɡæsəˈlɪnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for gasoline

1864 (alternative spelling gasolene is from 1865), from gas + -ol (probably here representing Latin oleum "oil") + chemical suffix -ine (2). Shortened form gas was in common use in U.S. by 1897. Gas station as a fuel filling station for automobiles recorded by 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gasoline in Science
A highly flammable mixture of liquid hydrocarbons that are derived from petroleum. The hydrocarbons in gasoline contain between five and eight carbon atoms. Gasoline is used as a fuel for internal-combustion engines in automobiles, motorcycles, and small trucks.
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