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
Mohammad reported the companies sold a combined 833,495 gallons of kerosene to obtain fuel tax credits on his 2010 tax returns.
The rocket’s first stage is composed of nine Rutherford engines, which are powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene.
As Engelbrecht and Beckwith explained, Galactic Aztec Heavy is propelled by a mixture of kerosene and liquid oxygen, each held in separate tanks and pressurized by helium that’s in another tank.
A Memphis man died after dousing himself in kerosene on Facebook Live – then sprinting, in flames, into the bar where his ex-girlfriend was working.
While streaming live on Facebook early Saturday, a Memphis musician doused his body in kerosene before fatally setting himself on fire in what police are calling a suicide.
A GoFund Me page set up in support of Moore claims that McLemore approached her in the bar before his livestream and wiped her arm down his chest, already slick with kerosene.
CBS affiliate WREG-TV reports the 33-year-old man -- who witnesses identify as Jared McLemore -- doused himself with kerosene around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, in a parking lot located across the street from a bar where his ex-girlfriend works.
Her boyfriend, Jim Duckworth, was onstage packing his gear when band members began to smell a strong odor of kerosene.
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Origin and Etymology of kerosene
Greek kēros + English -ene (as in camphene)
First Known Use: 1854See Words from the same year
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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