Definition of kerosene
: a flammable hydrocarbon oil usually obtained by distillation of petroleum and used as a fuel, solvent, and thinner
Recent Examples of kerosene from the Web
The rocket’s first stage is composed of nine Rutherford engines, which are powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene.
However, all of the components for the AR1 engine, which will be powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene, will be made in Canoga Park.
Gasoline and kerosene prices fell at slower rates, giving the index some support, according to the ministry.
Eventually Harriet will sell her clothing fabric to get kerosene for Phiona.
Rags burned, kerosene smudge, but smoke blended with clouds.
Use of kerosene contributes to carbon emissions, but also to more personal and immediate hazards like skin irritation, respiratory problems and a significant fire risk.
To keep the switches functioning, the Long Island Railroad uses the centuries-old method of burning kerosene or natural gas to keep everything running.
The ship hauls anchor, the kerosene lantern flickers and goes out, voices in the pitch black swell with anger as shipmates mistake each other for enemies.
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Origin and Etymology of kerosene
Greek kēros + English -ene (as in camphene)
First Known Use: 1854
KEROSENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kerosene for English Language Learners
: a type of oil that is burned as a fuel
KEROSENE Defined for Kids
Definition of kerosene for Students
: a thin oil obtained from petroleum and used as a fuel and solvent
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