Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) 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.
  • noun rare Same as Benzene.

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

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

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Examples

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

    Brave Men and Women Their Struggles, Failures, And Triumphs

  • 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

    The Daily News - News

  • 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

    The Daily News - News

  • 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

    The Daily News - News

  • 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

    The Daily News - News

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