American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a high octane number and thus reducing knock and increasing efficiency in high-performance engines: high-octane gas.
- adj. Slang High-powered; dynamic: a high-octane sales manager; a high-octane marketing plan.
- adj. of fuel having a high octane number, good anti-knock characteristics; used in high performance vehicles
- adj. by extension high powered, energetic, forceful or dynamic
- adj. used of gasoline; having a high octane number
- adj. vigorously energetic or forceful
“Indeed, from its outset, English has been about high-octane collisions with languages that its speakers never expected to encounter.”
“As we put them into high-octane situations, they need each other to survive.”
“FG: Barbara, we're really getting to the root of the matter here because your response ultimately raises a crucial question: what are the respective roles of parents and teachers in this modern, high-octane society?”
“The high-octane thriller also has a John Hughes-inspired, sentimental young romance between Gosling and his co-star, Carey Mulligan.”
“The drawback is that investors 'prudence is likely to make this a lower-grade rally than the high-octane one that preceded it, says Barclays Capital strategist Talley Leger.”
“The bulk of the criticism levied against the Tea Party has been directed at their most visible absurdities: the laughable primitivity of O'Donnell, Rand Paul, and Sharron Angle, the drawing of Hitler mustaches on the president (and occasionally on themselves), Glenn Beck's high-octane McCarthyism, the unhinged nativist fashion shows, etc.”
“Since her surprise win five years ago, the sturdily built Kuznetsova's high-octane game often came unglued, especially down the stretch.”
“The high-octane Capitals scored 101 more goals than the Canadiens this season.”
“That's good news for us -- Comet Ping Pong hosts three high-octane acts that are making quick returns after winning August gigs.”
“I said this last week: The Redskins 'offense can't count on the defense to keep these high-octane offenses under 20 points every week.”
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