[ gas-uh-leen, gas-uh-leen ]
/ ˌgæs əˈlin, ˈgæs əˌlin /


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 forms

gas·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

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British Dictionary definitions for gasoline



/ (ˈɡæsəˌliːn) /


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 Forms

gasolinic (ˌɡæsəˈlɪnɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for gasoline


[ găsə-lēn′ ]

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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