oc·​tane | \ ˈäk-ˌtān How to pronounce octane (audio) \

Definition of octane

1 : any of several isomeric liquid alkanes C8H18

Examples of octane in a Sentence

an octane rating of 90
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First Known Use of octane

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

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“Octane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octane. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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