from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A mixture of very volatile hydrocarbons found in crude petroleum.
- noun This very volatile product, obtainable at the beginning of the distillation of crude petroleum, boils under ordinary pressure at 0° C. (32° F.), and consists chiefly of normal butane, C4H10. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Chem.) A highly volatile liquid, condensed by cold and pressure from the first products of the distillation of petroleum; -- used for producing low temperatures.
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- noun chemistry A highly
volatile liquid, condensedby coldand pressurefrom the first products of the distillationof petroleum; used for producing low temperatures.
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Different varieties are sold under the names of cymogene, gasolene, naphtha, petrol, and benzoline.