- 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
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Examples from the Web for gasoline
He is perfectly capable of introducing a bill requiring all cars to run on corn stalks instead of gasoline.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
The bodies had been piled onto dry branches and logs, doused in gasoline, and set afire.Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre
October 8, 2014
All Americans really did sacrifice then, accepting strict food and gasoline quotas and doing without a lot of things.Can America Still Win Wars?
October 4, 2014
More road closures mean more detours and traffic jams, and more money on gasoline.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
This is a lot of biofuel, which is why somebody, in an effort to get rid of the stuff, has been watering our gasoline.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
He sat the legs of the cot in dishes of gasoline, but the kifs still got in.Happy Ending
But this particular passenger had been delivered into his hand and gasoline WAS expensive.
Gasoline and ile are pretty expensive these days, too, but—Eh?
Why, yes; I've got some gasoline over on my power-boat out yonder.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Checking his gasoline supply, he judged he could get to the middle of the channel.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- US and 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 inhibitorsAlso called (esp in Britain): petrol
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Word Origin and History for gasoline
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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