[ben-zeen, ben-zeen]
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for benzine

Historical Examples of benzine

  • 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.

  • Explain the proper procedure for removing a grease spot with benzine.


    Willis Eugene Tower

British Dictionary definitions for benzine


benzin (ˈbɛnzɪn)

  1. 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 benzine

see benzene.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

benzine in Medicine


[bĕnzēn′, bĕn-zēn]
  1. A colorless, flammable, liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained in distilling petroleum, used in cleaning and dyeing and as a motor fuel; naphtha.petroleum benzin
  2. benzene
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