ker·​o·​sene | \ ˈker-ə-ˌsēn How to pronounce kerosene (audio) , ˌker-ə-ˈsēn How to pronounce kerosene (audio) \
variants: or less commonly kerosine

Definition of kerosene

: a flammable hydrocarbon oil usually obtained by distillation of petroleum and used as a fuel, solvent, and thinner

Examples of kerosene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carbon-neutral kerosene is made by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen and then combining the hydrogen with carbon dioxide. Jackie Snow, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 But the story was a lit match, and the national mood at the time was kerosene. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Reports said that at least four elderly people have died while standing in lines for hours trying to buy cooking gas or kerosene oil. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2022 When the new oil goes to American refineries, it will be turned into gasoline, as well as diesel, jet fuel, kerosene, and many other refined products. Dominic Pino, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Currently, Airbus aircraft can be powered by up to 50% SAF, blended with traditional kerosene. Julia Buckley, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 In subsistence economies—for example, in India—plastic carrier bags and other containers are used and reused to purchase essential goods, including rice and even liquids such as oil or kerosene, in low-cost portions. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 The Long March 8 combines the 3.35-meter-diameter new-generation Long March 7 kerosene-liquid oxygen first stage with a 3-meter-diameter second stage from the older Long March 3A series. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2022 One remote site in Wisconsin had no electricity or running water and only a kerosene generator for warmth despite the need to keep rapid tests at room temperature, a federal inspection shows. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kerosene

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kerosene

Greek kēros + English -ene (as in camphene)

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25 May 2022

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“Kerosene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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ker·​o·​sene | \ ˈker-ə-ˌsēn How to pronounce kerosene (audio) \

Kids Definition of kerosene

: a thin oil obtained from petroleum and used as a fuel and solvent


variants: also kerosine \ ˈker-​ə-​ˌsēn How to pronounce kerosene (audio) , ˌker-​ə-​ˈ How to pronounce kerosene (audio) , ˈkar-​ , ˌkar-​ \

Medical Definition of kerosene

: a flammable hydrocarbon oil usually obtained by distillation of petroleum and used for a fuel and as a solvent and thinner (as in insecticide emulsions)

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