Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- n. alternative spelling of gasoline.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See gasoline.
- n. a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines
“The powder crackled, fizzed, and spluttered and spilled out the excess of gasolene from the flaming oakum balls so that streams of fire dripped down on the main deck beneath.”
“Now gasolene is a very dangerous article to carry in bulk on a small craft far out on the wide ocean.”
“The water moved free as the air from one compartment to another; furthermore, a strong smell of gasolene from the after compartment leads me to suspect that some one or more of the half-dozen tanks there stored have sprung a leak.”
“a strong smell of gasolene from the after compartment leads me to suspect that some one or more of the half-dozen tanks there stored have sprung a leak.”
“One is the great increase in the use of some of the products, such as gasolene, which has increased many fold since the automobile became popular.”
“They built this economic house fire that the Dems are trying to put out with gasolene.”
“Could we import a gasolene/ethanol blend as a way to avoid the tariff?”
“That means tax the hell out of it at every level, from drilling, purchase and licensing of gas hogs, and useage of gasolene.”
“The royalties on his ignition device for gasolene-engines had mounted up while he lay in prison, and year by year the earning power of his invention increased.”
“But when I thought of the many mountains to cross, and of crossing them for three months with a poor tired span, I vetoed the proposition and said we'd have to come back to gasolene after all.”
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