kerosene

noun ker·o·sene \ ˈker-ə-ˌsēn , ˌker-ə-ˈsēn \
variants: or less commonly kerosine
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of kerosene

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

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Origin and Etymology of kerosene

Greek kēros + English -ene (as in camphene)


KEROSENE Defined for English Language Learners

kerosene

noun

Definition of kerosene for English Language Learners

  • : a type of oil that is burned as a fuel


KEROSENE Defined for Kids

kerosene

noun ker·o·sene \ ˈker-ə-ˌsēn \

Definition of kerosene for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

kerosene

noun ker·o·sene
variants: also kerosine play \ˈker-ə-ˌsēn, ˌker-ə-ˈ, 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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