Gasoline meaning

găsə-lēn, găsə-lēn
(uncountable, North America) A flammable liquid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons, mainly used as a motor fuel; petrol.
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A commodity product derived from crude oil; it is the largest refined product sold in the U.S. and accounts for about half of national oil consumption. Futures and options contracts on gasoline are traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange based on New York harbor unleaded gasoline, a particular type of gasoline. The futures contracts are based on delivery at petroleum products terminals in the New York harbor, which is the major East Coast trading center that handles much of the imported and domestic shipments. Trading also occurs on other futures exchanges throughout the world.
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(countable) A certain kind of gasoline.

The quality of automobile gasolines varies considerably from one country and producer to another.

The X refinery produces a wide range of gasolines.

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Made from or using gasoline.
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A volatile mixture of flammable liquid hydrocarbons derived chiefly from crude petroleum and used principally as a fuel for internal-combustion engines.
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A volatile, highly flammable, colorless liquid mixture of hydrocarbons produced by the fractional distillation of petroleum and used chiefly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines.
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A highly flammable mixture of liquid hydrocarbons that are derived from petroleum. The hydrocarbons in gasoline contain between five and eight carbon atoms. Gasoline is used as a fuel for internal-combustion engines in automobiles, motorcycles, and small trucks.
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Origin of gasoline

  • gas –ol(e) –ine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Cazeline (possibly influenced by Gazeline, the name of an Irish copy), a brand of petroleum-derived lighting oil, from the surname of the man who first marketed it in 1862, John Cassell, and the suffix –eline, from Greek ἔλαιον (elaion, “oil, olive oil”), from ἐλαία (elaía, “olive”).

    From Wiktionary