• WordNet 3.6
    • n gasolene a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gasolene A highly volatile mixture of fluid hydrocarbons, obtained mostly from petroleum, as also by the distillation of bituminous coal. It is used as a fuel for most automobiles and for many other vehicles with internal combustion engines. The gasoline of commerce is typically blended with additives to improve its performance in internal combustion engines. Gasoline was also used in the early 1900's in making air gas, and in giving illuminating power to water gas. See Carburetor.
    • n Gasolene See Gasoline.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gasolene The lightest volatile liquid product commonly obtained from the distillation of petroleum. Its specific gravity is .629 to .6673 (95° to 80° B.). It is used in vapor-stoves, and for saturating air or gas in gas-machines or carbureters.
    • n gasolene Its principal hydrocarbon constituents are hexane and heptane, C6H14 and C7H16, in varying proportions. It boils between 149° and 194° F. and gives off a vapor under atmospheric tension at all temperatures. The vapor of gasolene is 3.05 times as heavy as air. The volatile elements distil off on storage, unless the containing-vessels are very tight. Its calorific power is about 18,000 B. T. U. It is much used in the internal-combustion motors of motor-cars and motor-boats.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gasolene rectified petroleum
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A word invented by the Dutch chemist J. B. Van Helmont (1577-1644)—the form suggested by Gr. chaos.


In literature:

Paraffine is made from crude oil, as is kerosene and gasolene.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
Encourage pupils to learn all they can about steam and gasolene engines and their uses.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Gasolene has extinguished his immortality.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Why, Bobby, that's fighting fire with gasolene.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
He ain't had the gasolene-burnin' fever very hard until this summer; but when he does get it, he goes the limit, as usual.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
She then went around to Carver's Harbor to purchase supplies and fill her tank with gasolene.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It ran by a wonderful little puffing gasolene engine.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Got a nice gasolene boat, though!
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
The gasolene burner operates on the principle of the ordinary gasolene torch.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
It was hardly more than five minutes before Dick came hurrying toward them; cross, tired, dust-streaked and gasolene-scented.
"The Flying Mercury" by Eleanor M. Ingram