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 Propylene is a colorless gas used to produce chemicals in plastics, synthetic rubber and gasoline. Juan A. Lozano, Anchorage Daily News, "2 dead in explosion that leveled a warehouse in Texas," 24 Jan. 2020 Even longtime backers have given up Texas is one of several states that prohibits any of its gasoline tax money to be used for anything other than the construction and maintenance of roads. Bruce Selcraig,, "Texas transportation leader in San Antonio to talk highway construction," 23 Jan. 2020 Inflation excluding gasoline peaked in May at 2.7%. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s Annual Inflation Rate Rose 2.2% in December," 22 Jan. 2020 The share of carbon emissions for one passenger on a flight from Paris to Nice is equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of the average adult Nigerian, yet a 1944 treaty still exempts global airline companies from paying taxes on gasoline. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 The Tremor is also available with Ford’s massive new 7.3L gasoline V8 that generates 430 hp and 475 pound-feet of torque. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford’s 2020 F-series Super Duty Tremor off-road pickup could be a super-sized hit," 21 Jan. 2020 The air fills with the smell of gasoline and smoke. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 When cars and gasoline — two volatile components — were excluded, retail sales grew by 0.5 percent for the month. NBC News, "What tariffs? Americans still willing to spend — for now, at least," 17 Jan. 2020 The increase production comes as the nation's stockpiles of commercial crude oil fell by 2.5 million barrels last week, but those volumes were more than offset by large spikes in gasoline and other fuel supplies. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. oil production hits estimated record 13 million barrels per day," 15 Jan. 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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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gasoline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 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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