from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless, flammable, liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained in distilling petroleum, used in cleaning and dyeing and as a motor fuel.
  • n. See benzene.

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  • n. benzene
  • n. any flammable petroleum distillate used as a solvent or fuel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid consisting mainly of the lighter and more volatile hydrocarbons of petroleum or kerosene oil, used as a solvent and for cleansing soiled fabrics; -- called also petroleum spirit, petroleum benzine. Varieties or similar products are gasoline, naphtha, rhigolene, ligroin, etc.
  • n. Same as Benzene.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless liquid hydrocarbon; highly inflammable; carcinogenic; the simplest of the aromatic compounds


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  • If it comes to competition, I can carry shades for nothing and still quaff the B. & G. yellow-label benzine three times a day without experiencing a financial panic.

    A House-Boat on the Styx

  • There are as many taxicabs as before, but instead of benzine, which is wanted for the army, they now use other spirit.

    The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915

  • It is now known to us as benzine, which is so largely employed in the industrial arts.

    Brave Men and Women

  • It is usually warmed to change it into a fluid and mixed with organic solvents, such as benzine, to make it thinner.

    Chapter 5

  • The Yankees had swelled up on some kind of benzine and had hired a hack and taken two women out riding, and when we rounded them up each one had his feet out of the window of the hack, and they were enjoying themselves immensely.

    How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887

  • The lawsuit alleges on April 10, 2007, and on days thereafter harmful chemicals, such as benzine and aluminum silica, were released into the air from the plant at

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  • "benzine," "benzoline," "petrol," and "petroleum spirit" all refer to more or less volatile (the most volatile being mentioned first) and more or less thoroughly rectified products obtained from petroleum.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • "These are what are called volatile organic compounds that include cancer-causing chemicals like benzine, and chemicals that are linked to neurological effects, such as toluene."

    Long-Term Study of Gulf Oil Spill Health Effects Needed

  • I believe in miracles, but they are miracles like the Salk vaccine, the preparation that gets a city evacuated before the hurricane strikes, the dream of a snake eating it's tail that unlocks the structure of benzine, the conversations that plant seeds of changed attitudes and changed actions.

    Apollo's Daughter :: Blue dot

  • Wait until a hurricane hits and we have crude oil and recall that crude is a VERY different beast than what you put in your car or purchase from Wal-Mart - it is *highly* dangerous with large amounts of chemicals like benzine coating land *miles* inland from the sea.

    Would this be an impeachable offense?


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