a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained by distilling petroleum, bituminous shale, or the like, and widely used as a fuel, cleaning solvent, etc.
using or fueled by kerosene: a kerosene lamp.
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How to use kerosene in a sentence
Despite living without electricity and studying by the light of a kerosene lamp at night, he made it to the University of Cambridge, where he studied chemistry.
Living with his entire family in a one-room home with no running water or electricity as a child, the young Chibale studied at night by the light of a kerosene lamp and against all odds made it into Cambridge, where he studied chemistry.
He throws kerosene on the controversies that divide the nation.Talking With Tucker Carlson, the Most Powerful Conservative in America | Charlotte Alter | July 15, 2021 | Time
Planes dropped kerosene bombs from the skies, according to witnesses and a 2001 report by an Oklahoma commission that studied the massacre.
Currently, SAF costs between three and four times more than traditional kerosene fuel, while e-fuels can be between six and seven times more expensive than kerosene.Airlines’ Emissions Halved During the Pandemic. Can the Industry Preserve Some of Those Gains as Travel Rebounds? | Ciara Nugent | May 17, 2021 | Time
The Russians had developed a very powerful, very reliable, and relatively simple liquid oxygen/kerosene engine.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space? | P. J. O’Rourke | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The cozy days of lighting the Hofburg Palace with kerosene rather than electricity had come to an abrupt end.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913? | Jacob Heilbrunn | June 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Franz Joseph lit the Hofburg Palace with kerosene lamps and viewed the telephone as a nuisance.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913? | Jacob Heilbrunn | June 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He awoke to dogs barking and gunshots, he said, and turned on a kerosene lantern to see what was going on.Afghan Victims’ Harrowing Testimony From the Robert Bales Trial | Winston Ross | November 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Small homes often have only kerosene lamps to provide light, which spew toxins equivalent to two packs of cigarettes a day.sOccket Inventors: Being Young and Stubborn Helps Innovation | Casey Schwartz | March 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A lack of processed candles and kerosene oil left only grease and wax to be utilized for making handmade candles.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Well refined kerosene oil gives a good light, but it is always dangerous.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
In pushing splinters under his toenails, the lamp was upset, kerosene was spilled over his feet to catch fire.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
They were lighted by smoking kerosene lamps, which but added to their unattractiveness.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
A fine luster can be given to zinc by rubbing it with kerosene or a weak solution of sulphuric acid.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for kerosene
Also called: paraffin a liquid mixture consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with boiling points in the range 150°–300°C, used as an aircraft fuel, in domestic heaters, and as a solvent
the general name for paraffin as a fuel for jet aircraft
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Scientific definitions for kerosene
A thin, light-colored oil that is a mixture of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. The hydrocarbons in kerosene contain between 11 and 12 carbon atoms. Kerosene is used as a fuel in lamps, home heaters and furnaces, and jet engines.
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