American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thin oil distilled from petroleum or shale oil, used as a fuel for heating and cooking, in lamps, and as a denaturant for alcohol. Also called coal oil, lamp oil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixture of liquid hydrocarbons distilled from petroleum, coal, bitumen, etc., extensively used as an illuminating fluid in all parts of the world. When of good quality it is nearly colorless, and its specific gravity varies from 0.780 to 0.825. Its boiling-point should be above 77°C. (170°F.), and the point at which it evolves explosive vapor (that is, its “flashing-point”) 65°C. (149°F.). It is the same as, or very closely related to, the British paraffin-oil. Also called photogen, mineral oil, and in England American paraffin-oil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An oil used for illuminating purposes, formerly obtained from the distillation of mineral wax, bituminous shale, etc., and hence called also
coal oil. It is now produced in immense quantities, chiefly by the distillation and purification of petroleum. It consists chiefly of several hydrocarbons of the methane series, having from 10 to 16 carbon atoms in each molecule, and having a higher boiling point (175 - 325° C) than gasoline or the petroleum ethers, and a lower boling point than the oils.
- n. a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters
- From Ancient Greek κηρός ("wax") + -ene. (Wiktionary)
- Greek kēros, wax + -ene. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“May need separate the receiver from the stock; soak the receiver in kerosene for a couple of hours.”
“Torches soaked in kerosene, ready to burn my house down?”
“Layla Abdel-Qader, 49, a housewife, said she buys kerosene from the vendors every winter.”
“His 61st story was particularly horrifying: six Sunnis doused in kerosene and burned to death.”
“I don't have any personal experience, but I have been told that kerosene is better than motor oil because it does not darken the tile as much.”
“And he began busily to fill and label kerosene cans, gasoline cans, and molasses jugs.”
“A manufactory where they did something with coal-oil (which I now heard for the first time called kerosene) refused itself to me, and I said to myself that probably all the other industries of Portland were as reserved, and I would not seek to explore them; but when I got to Salem, my conscience stirred again.”
“Subsidies have been maintained on some products, such as kerosene, which is commonly used as a cooking fuel by low-income households in India.”
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