a volatile, flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum, and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines, as a solvent, etc.
- gas·o·line·less, adjective
- gas·o·lin·ic [gas-uh-lee-nik, -lin-ik], /ˌgæs əˈli nɪk, -ˈlɪn ɪk/, adjective
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How to use gasoline in a sentence
Although blood lead levels have fallen dramatically since the United States began phasing out leaded gasoline in 1973 and banned lead in house paint in 1978, the toxic metal persists in the environment.Nearly half a million U.S. children missed out on lead tests in early 2020 | Aimee Cunningham | February 4, 2021 | Science News
Supervisor Jim Desmond, the lone no vote, suggested that pot shops were an underlying cause of homelessness and behavioral health problems — “this is like pouring gasoline on the current crisis,” he said.Morning Report: San Diegans Are Drowning in Water Debt | Voice of San Diego | January 28, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
We’re pouring gasoline where it should be poured and pulling back as needed.‘Pouring gasoline where it needs to be poured’: Why a DTC seafood company is rethinking its ad spend | Kristina Monllos | January 22, 2021 | Digiday
Most countries tax gasoline and diesel, but those earnings are under threat as more and more people shift to electric vehicles.Can These Creative Taxes Catch Up With a Changing World? | Nick Fouriezos | January 14, 2021 | Ozy
FlexControl Essentials promised to let customers first pay off everyday purchases — like gasoline and groceries — which the bank said could lower the monthly bill.JPMorgan Chase Bank Wrongly Charged 170,000 Customers Overdraft Fees. Federal Regulators Refused to Penalize It. | by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum | December 14, 2020 | ProPublica
He is perfectly capable of introducing a bill requiring all cars to run on corn stalks instead of gasoline.
The bodies had been piled onto dry branches and logs, doused in gasoline, and set afire.
All Americans really did sacrifice then, accepting strict food and gasoline quotas and doing without a lot of things.
More road closures mean more detours and traffic jams, and more money on gasoline.
This is a lot of biofuel, which is why somebody, in an effort to get rid of the stuff, has been watering our gasoline.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw | P. J. O’Rourke | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He put all his doctor truck into his gasoline wagon last night and choo-chooed outen town.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
"Here are our canteens," he went on excitedly, picking both of the gasoline-cans out of the rumble.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Even the storage of gasoline in suitable tanks set down in the earth is not a nuisance.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Then, for the first time, Matt saw that his reserve supply of gasoline had been removed from the head of the Comet.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
The gasoline used also gave off a gas of highly explosive character and one very likely to escape from leaky tanks or joints.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
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 inhibitors: Also called (esp in Britain): petrol
- gasolinic (ˌɡæsəˈlɪnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for gasoline
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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