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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
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; 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
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  • He sat the legs of the cot in dishes of gasoline, but the kifs still got in.

    Happy Ending Fredric Brown
  • gasoline and ile are pretty expensive these days, too, but—Eh?

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But this particular passenger had been delivered into his hand and gasoline WAS expensive.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why, yes; I've got some gasoline over on my power-boat out yonder.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He fixed up his plane and had gasoline enough for much testing.

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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