[ an-tee-nok, an-tahy-, an-tee-nok, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˈnɒk, ˌæn taɪ-, ˈæn tiˌnɒk, ˈæn taɪ- /


noting or pertaining to a substance, as tetraethyllead or ferrocene, used as a fuel additive for an internal-combustion engine to eliminate or minimize knock.


such a substance added to fuel in an internal-combustion engine.

Origin of antiknock

First recorded in 1920–25; anti- + knock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for antiknock

/ (ˌæntɪˈnɒk) /


a compound, such as lead tetraethyl, added to petrol to reduce knocking in the engine
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