[ben-zeen, ben-zeen]


a colorless, volatile, flammable, liquid mixture of various hydrocarbons, obtained in the distillation of petroleum, and used in cleaning, dyeing, etc.

Also ben·zin [ben-zin] /ˈbɛn zɪn/.

Origin of benzine

First recorded in 1850–55; benz- + -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for benzin

Historical Examples of benzin

  • The stains it may make readily disappear on immersion in kerosene or benzin.

    Merck's 1899 Manual

    Merck & Co.

  • Benzine (Benzin) is a light-boiling petroleum distillate, lighter than lamp oil, and with a varying boiling-point.

  • Why, just the smell of benzin on a suit you've had out to the cleaners will give 'em the dream, if you throw your chest out right.


    Sewell Ford

  • For this reason the compound was named “benzin” by Mitscherlich, which name was changed into “benzol” by Liebig.


    Raphael Meldola

  • It dissolves in 20 parts of boiling alcohol, in 100 parts of cold alcohol and in twice its weight of benzin.

British Dictionary definitions for benzin


benzin (ˈbɛnzɪn)


a volatile mixture of the lighter aliphatic hydrocarbon constituents of petroleumSee ligroin, petroleum ether
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for benzin



see benzene.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

benzin in Medicine


[bĕnzēn′, bĕn-zēn]


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