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 GasBuddy tracks the price of gasoline at 150,000 stations nationwide. Fuel Fix Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Gasoline prices resume decline after weeks of increases," 6 July 2020 In the 1980s, the EPA forced oil companies to phase it out of gasoline, for instance. Matt Simon, Wired, "Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead," 2 July 2020 The average gallon of gasoline is hovering around $1.89 in Texas. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Texas’ uncertain summer travel forecast: cheap gas, worries of bathroom break contagion," 1 July 2020 Tax hikes to start the new fiscal year include a higher gasoline and diesel fuel tax, a higher cigarette tax and a tax on games of skill machines. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Higher gas taxes and other tax increases to greet Virginians on Wednesday," 1 July 2020 Barrientos said more than 40 doctors have the virus, adding to an already severe staffing problem because of a lack of gasoline, public transportation and personal protective equipment, all of which have contributed to absenteeism. Washington Post, "Virus hits Venezuelan city, raising fears of broader crisis," 26 June 2020 The lifting of stay-at-home orders is naturally causing an uptick in demand for motor gasoline, jet fuel and diesel off extremely weak levels. Matt Egan, CNN, "Oil is up $80 in seven weeks. The remarkable recovery could be too good to be true," 9 June 2020 That sent demand for gasoline falling by hundreds of millions of gallons each day. Washington Post, "Reeling from the loss of gas tax revenue during pandemic, states are deferring billions of dollars of transportation projects," 10 July 2020 In part because of a faltering demand for gasoline, most of which is at least 10% ethanol. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "After trade wars and flooding, farmers hoped for a break in 2020. Then the pandemic came.," 6 July 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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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gasoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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