gas·​o·​line | \ ˈga-sə-ˌlēn, 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 , -​ˈli-​ \ adjective

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Asian refiners are currently getting less than nothing for their gasoline, according to RBC. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Gas Prices Are Falling, but Refiners Keep Making More," 23 Dec. 2018 Consumer prices increased 3 percent in Houston over the past year, led by higher costs for gasoline and electricity, the Labor Department reported Thursday. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Gasoline, electricity push consumer prices higher," 12 July 2018 Critics, however, said the California economy has paid a significant price — in the form of higher prices for gasoline, electricity and other goods — while achieving relatively little in terms of global environmental impact. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California beats its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases," 11 July 2018 The demonstrations began after the Commerce Ministry and Economic Ministry issued a joint statement announcing an increase of 38 percent to 51 percent for gasoline, diesel and kerosene. Fox News, "Violent protests erupt in Haiti as fuel prices spike," 6 July 2018 The average per-gallon price for gasoline in the United States was $2.85, a jump of 63 cents from a year ago, according to AAA. David Nakamura,, "Trump presses Saudis to increase oil production in face of rising gas prices," 30 June 2018 Cities could potentially lose their share of gasoline taxes, registration fees, and billions in parking revenue. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 Some families don’t have cars or money for gasoline. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 Those higher prices are due to an increase in the global price of crude oil and record-setting demand for gasoline in the U.S. Prices were at or above $3 in parts of the Milwaukee area on Wednesday, with the statewide average at $2.91. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorial Day weekend travel: Here's what you need to know," 24 May 2018

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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

: a liquid made from petroleum and used especially as a fuel for engines


gas·​o·​line | \ ˈga-sə-ˌlēn, 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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