gas·​o·​line ˈga-sə-ˌlēn How to pronounce gasoline (audio)
 also  -zə-
variants or less commonly gasolene
: 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
gasolinic adjective

Examples of gasoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On longer journeys, its sophisticated hybrid engine consumes gasoline sparingly, providing 600 miles of total range. Peter Douglas, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 California tops the list of most expensive states with an average price for regular gasoline at $5.08 per gallon, followed by Hawaii ($4.70) and Washington ($4.52). Ty Roush, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Unlike gasoline vehicles, EVs don’t require supervision while refueling. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2024 Annual inflation, as measured by the consumer price index, increased 3.2% in February, slightly more than expected, with shelter and gasoline prices accounting for the majority of the growth. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 The reality is the Biden administration has benefited from an oil production boom in the U.S. that’s helped cool gasoline prices. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Fuel analysts have attributed the recent run-up mostly to the annual transition from winter-blend gasoline to California’s summer blend that is less polluting but more expensive, which means refineries reduce production to make the switch. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024 But research suggests some drivers aren’t charging their vehicles enough, allowing their batteries to deplete, then driving mostly on gasoline. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, 25 Mar. 2024 The California Air Resources Board estimates that operating costs could be 22% to 33% lower for electric trucks than diesel or gasoline by 2030. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gasoline was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Gasoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


gas·​o·​line ˈgas-ə-ˌlēn How to pronounce gasoline (audio)
: a flammable liquid produced usually by blending products from natural gas and petroleum and used especially as a fuel for engines

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