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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Firefighters who reported smelling gasoline quickly extinguished a fire inside the bedroom where the two were found, local TV station WVLT News reports. Kc Baker,, "Tenn. Teacher and 8-Year-Old Son Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide: 'A Tragic, Tragic Loss'," 12 June 2019 So does a switch away from the more expensive blend of gasoline required in the summer months to control smog. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Gas prices could fall below $2 for many Americans," 12 June 2019 An unknown man pumped gasoline into his car and then drove away from Thorntons, 1118 W. Touhy Ave., on the afternoon of May 25, police said. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Park Ridge police: Passenger disappears without paying $53 cab fare," 7 June 2019 House Bill 1298 punishes those lowly gasoline-sucking drivers who find the only open parking space a charging spot for the elite. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: In Colorado you’re still paying for rich folks to buy a luxury second car," 7 June 2019 Pressure washing basically uses a water pump and electric or gasoline motor to power a high-pressure hose and sprayer to generate an extremely powerful spray. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: Pressure washing vs. power washing your house," 7 June 2019 The fanciest commercial outfitters now provide walk-in wall tents with beds, unlimited electricity through gasoline generators, hot showers, strong reliable Wi-Fi, projectors for after-dinner movies, and even dedicated tents for yoga and stretching. National Geographic, "Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp," 16 May 2019 Shortly after smelling gasoline, Hall witnessed the entire house burst into flames — with Josh and his two children inside. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Cox Powell's Sister Reveals What She Believes Really Happened to Her," 4 May 2019 At the same time, returns from producing gasoline surged from a loss of $2 a barrel in late-January to a profit of more than $7 in March. Serene Cheong,, "Oil Price Benchmarks Are Defying the Laws of Supply and Demand," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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