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

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The price of palladium, a critical component of the catalytic converters used in gasoline-powered cars, has surged 30% so far this year to a record $1,551.90 a troy ounce, extending a rally that started in August to a 67% gain. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Think Stocks Are Hot? This Car Metal Keeps Hitting New Records," 19 Mar. 2019 With the enormous improvements in power per cylinder in the past decade, eight-cylinder cars are increasingly going the way of the dodo, and the vast majority of gasoline-powered cars will be running on four or even three cylinders soon. Ray Magliozzi,, "More cylinders do not mean longer engine life," 4 May 2018 Because California's clean air requirements force automakers to offer alternative powertrains to their gasoline-powered cars, and because luxury cars sell well in California, Jaguar is paying extra attention to the California market. Russ Mitchell,, "Jaguar I-Pace EV base price in the U.S.: $69,500 — undercutting Tesla's Model X," 6 Mar. 2018 Rising gasoline prices, housing costs and grocery bills all contributed to the month-over-month increase. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Workers Gain From Rising Wages, Low Inflation," 12 Mar. 2019 Decarbonizing transportation will involve radically accelerating the spread of electric vehicles, possibly by banning gasoline and diesel vehicle sales by 2030, and figuring out what to do with aviation and heavy transport. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Another informant told investigators that Mayes brought gasoline and empty bottles to the residence where police had found the bomb materials and was actively making the Molotov cocktails. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes charged in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 2 July 2018 Economists say Erdogan needs to cut public spending, including expensive subsidies for gasoline and electricity. New York Times,, "After winning new powers, Erdogan must now deliver," 25 June 2018 An initiative to repeal the recent increase to state gasoline and diesel taxes, which is raising billions of dollars for repaving and other transportation projects, qualified for the November ballot on Monday. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "What you need to know about California's gas tax repeal initiative," 25 June 2018

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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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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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