re·​for·​mate | \ ri-ˈfȯr-ˌmāt How to pronounce reformate (audio) , -mət \

Definition of reformate

: a product of hydrocarbon reforming

Examples of reformate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One barge spilled reformate, a high-octane gasoline blending component, into the waterway. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Kirby Corp. files lawsuit over recent Houston Ship Channel accident," 21 June 2019 That means using higher concentrations of pricier additives, such as alkylates and reformates, and sometimes a lengthier refining process that slightly reduces yields. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The Vapor Rub: Summer versus Winter Gasoline Explained," 13 Oct. 2017 But these greater volumes of reformate are lower in octane than smaller volumes, the EIA says, and with the plastics industry turning away from naphtha, refiners have more of an incentive to blend the lower-octane stock into their gasoline. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Why High-Octane Gas Costs So Much More Than Regular," 28 June 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Reformate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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