kerosene

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noun ker·o·sene \ˈker-ə-ˌsēn, ˌker-ə-ˈsēn\
variants: or less commonly

kerosine

Definition of kerosene

  1. :  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

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Definition of kerosene for English Language Learners

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


KEROSENE Defined for Kids

kerosene

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noun ker·o·sene \ˈker-ə-ˌsēn\

Definition of kerosene for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

kerosene

noun ker·o·sene
variants: also

kerosine

\ˈker-ə-ˌsēn, ˌker-ə-ˈ, ˈkar-, ˌkar-\play play

Medical Definition of kerosene

  1. :  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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