[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. gasman,
  2. gasogene,
  3. gasohol,
  4. gasolene,
  5. gasolier,
  6. gasometer,
  7. gasometric,
  8. gasometric analysis,
  9. gasometry,
  10. gasp

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

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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 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

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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