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 Fuel retailers have benefited from record margins on gasoline in recent months. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Gasoline Is Cheap This July Fourth. Fuel Retailers Aren’t Complaining.," 4 July 2020 Police said witnesses told investigators that a man approached the victim’s car, doused him and his car in gasoline and set both on fire. oregonlive, "Man doused with gas, witnesses say; Vancouver police investigating as possible arson, assault," 3 July 2020 Nine of the top 20 gasoline-consuming states are showing an upward trend in new cases, Standard Chartered said in a note. Hailey Waller,, "Oil Rises on Russian Export Cuts, Offsets Virus Demand Jitters," 1 July 2020 The statewide tax on gasoline will increase from 16.2 cents per gallon to 21.2 cents per gallon, which is a 31 percent increase before regional gas taxes are accounted for. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Higher gas taxes and other tax increases to greet Virginians on Wednesday," 1 July 2020 The gap in gasoline consumption between this year and 2019 will continue to narrow, said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at IHS Markit’s OPIS. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Texas’ uncertain summer travel forecast: cheap gas, worries of bathroom break contagion," 1 July 2020 That might also provide a boost to gasoline consumption. Anchorage Daily News, "A second virus wave again threatens U.S. oil demand," 29 June 2020 The average price of regular-grade gasoline increased 6 cents over two weeks, to $2.22 per gallon., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 29 June 2020 The Moonlight Fire alone spewed the annual CO2 equivalent of 750,000 gasoline-power cars. Jane Braxton Little, Wired, "The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy," 27 June 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gasoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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