gas·​o·​line | \ ˈga-sə-ˌlēn How to pronounce gasoline (audio) , ˌga-sə-ˈ also -zə-\
variants: or less commonly gasolene

Definition of gasoline

: a volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture used as a fuel especially for internal combustion engines and usually blended from several products of natural gas and petroleum

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gasolinic \ ˌga-​sə-​ˈlē-​nik How to pronounce gasolinic (audio) , -​ˈli-​ \ adjective

Examples of gasoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An unknown assailant is said to have hurled a gasoline bomb over the fence of her property. Washington Post, "House of Ukraine’s former top central banker set on fire," 17 Sep. 2019 Protestors were lighting fires and throwing gasoline bombs, and the police unleashed tear gas and water cannons. David Meyer, Fortune, "Changing Oil Landscapes: CEO Daily," 16 Sep. 2019 But trade disputes, sanctions against Iran, and Venezuela's internal meltdown have contributed to confusion in oil markets. U.S. oil production has helped keep a lid on gasoline prices. Anchorage Daily News, "Crude prices jump after strikes halve Saudi output; Trump says U.S. to tap strategic reserves," 15 Sep. 2019 Lam announced the bill’s formal withdrawal Tuesday following weekend protests where demonstrators threw gasoline bombs at officers and police retaliated with water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and batons. Fox News, "Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says withdrawal of extradition bill own decision, not Beijing’s," 6 Sep. 2019 Clashes between police and protesters have become increasingly violent, with demonstrators throwing gasoline bombs and rods at officers in protests last weekend. Katie Tam,, "Hong Kong has withdrawn an extradition bill that sparked months of protests," 4 Sep. 2019 Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police. Kin Cheung, The Denver Post, "Hong Kong police draw guns, arrest 36 in latest protest," 25 Aug. 2019 Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police. NBC News, "Hong Kong police use water cannon on protesters as pro-democracy fight continues," 25 Aug. 2019 Police attempted to control the crowd using tear gas, rubber bullets, and arrests; protesters responded by throwing tear gas canisters back at police, and two gasoline bombs were also reportedly thrown at officers. Riley Beggin, Vox, "Hong Kong protests continue for a 10th week in face of Beijing’s threats," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gasoline

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gasoline

gas entry 1 + -ol entry 2 + -ine entry 2 or -ene

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3 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for gasoline

The first known use of gasoline was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of gasoline

US : a liquid made from petroleum and used especially as a fuel for engines


gas·​o·​line | \ ˈga-sə-ˌlēn How to pronounce gasoline (audio) , ˌga-sə-ˈlēn\

Kids Definition of gasoline

: a flammable liquid made especially from natural gas found in the earth and from petroleum and used mostly as an automobile fuel

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