kerosene

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noun ker·o·sene \ˈker-ə-ˌsēn, ˌker-ə-ˈsēn\

Definition of kerosene

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

Variants of kerosene

or less commonly

kerosine

Origin and Etymology of kerosene

Greek kēros + English -ene (as in camphene)


First Known Use: 1854


KEROSENE Defined for English Language Learners

kerosene

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noun ker·o·sene \ˈker-ə-ˌsēn, ˌker-ə-ˈsēn\

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

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)

Variants of kerosene

also

kerosine

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


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