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

Other Words from gasoline

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

Examples of gasoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Families are paring back purchases of items such as electronics and furniture as prices for essentials like food and gasoline have become more expensive. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Consumer spending jumped in June, federal data show, as Americans continue to absorb stubbornly high prices on groceries, gasoline and other staples. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 But one of the major reasons for that decline is growing fears among investors trading in oil and gasoline futures that the nation is hurdling toward recession. Chris Isidore, CNN, 29 July 2022 Exxon on Friday said that its refining profits — earnings that come from processing crude oil into gasoline and other fuels — surged to $5.3 billion, from a loss of $865 million a year ago. New York Times, 29 July 2022 So long, diesel, V6 and long bed GM also simplified the powertrain lineup, dropping the four-cylinder diesel and gasoline V6. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2022 Business and international travel have not fully recovered, and consumers are paying more for staples like food and gasoline, leaving less for other spending. David Koenig, ajc, 28 July 2022 Your Drive for Fleets program that builds charging stations and other infrastructure to take medium- and heavy-duty trucks that are powered by gasoline or diesel and replace them with electric vehicles. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 In its earnings release for the quarter that ended in June, Walmart mentioned that the higher prices consumers are paying for food and gasoline are cutting into their ability to buy other items, like clothing. Rob Wile, NBC News, 26 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of gasoline was in 1865

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3 Aug 2022

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“Gasoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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