[gas-uh-leen, gas-uh-leen]


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 formsgas·o·line·less, adjectivegas·o·lin·ic [gas-uh-lee-nik, -lin-ik] /ˌgæs əˈli nɪk, -ˈlɪn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gasoline

juice, oil, petrol, gasohol, propellant

Examples from the Web for gasoline

Contemporary Examples of gasoline

Historical Examples of gasoline

  • He sat the legs of the cot in dishes of gasoline, but the kifs still got in.

    Happy Ending

    Fredric Brown

  • But this particular passenger had been delivered into his hand and gasoline WAS expensive.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Gasoline and ile are pretty expensive these days, too, but—Eh?

    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

  • Checking his gasoline supply, he judged he could get to the middle of the channel.

British Dictionary definitions for gasoline




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
Derived Formsgasolinic (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

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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