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[ben-zeen, ben-zeen] /ˈbɛn zin, bɛnˈzin/
a colorless, volatile, flammable, liquid mixture of various hydrocarbons, obtained in the distillation of petroleum, and used in cleaning, dyeing, etc.
Also, benzin
[ben-zin] /ˈbɛn zɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of benzine
First recorded in 1850-55; benz- + -ine2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sugar was employed to obtain the spirit which had to take the place of benzine.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Therewith were white gloves which she had got at the basilica and which as yet were free from benzine.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Try to mix oil and water, benzine and water, oil and benzine.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
  • You are here in a busy place, and I see by the sign that benzine is about as plenty as water.

    Wild Bill's Last Trail Ned Buntline
  • Explain the proper procedure for removing a grease spot with benzine.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Beeswax is not dissolved by water, alcohol or benzine, but is soluble in turpentine.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • That other benzine buggy is coming back, and Hank's up front.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews
  • Rub the spot on the wool garment with a cloth or sponge wet with benzine.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Great care must be observed when ether and benzine are used.

  • benzine and other type washes are often used with a brush, but this is not a good practice.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for benzine


/ˈbɛnziːn; bɛnˈziːn/
a volatile mixture of the lighter aliphatic hydrocarbon constituents of petroleum See ligroin, petroleum ether
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for benzine

see benzene.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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benzine in Medicine

benzine ben·zine (běn'zēn', běn-zēn') or ben·zin (běn'zĭn)

  1. A colorless, flammable, liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained in distilling petroleum, used in cleaning and dyeing and as a motor fuel; naphtha. Also called petroleum benzin.

  2. See benzene.

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