What does kerosene mean?

Definitions for kerosene
ˈkɛr əˌsin, ˈkær-, ˌkɛr əˈsin, ˌkær-kerosene

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kerosene, kerosine, lamp oil, coal oil(noun)

    a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters

GCIDE

  1. Kerosene(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

    Etymology: [Gr. wax.]

Wiktionary

  1. kerosene(Noun)

    A petroleum based thin and colorless fuel; paraffin.

    The kerosene lasted all winter, so the furnace kept us always warm.

    Etymology: From κηρός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kerosene(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Gr. wax.]

Freebase

  1. Kerosene

    Kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid. The name is derived from Greek: κηρός meaning wax. The word "Kerosene" was registered as a trademark by Abraham Gesner in 1854, and for several years, only the North American Gas Light Company and the Downer Company were allowed to call their lamp oil "Kerosene" in the United States. It eventually became a genericized trademark. It is sometimes spelled kerosine in scientific and industrial usage. The term "kerosene" is usual in much of Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. It can be referred to colloquially as "kero". Kerosene is usually called paraffin in the UK, Southeast Asia and South Africa. A more viscous paraffin oil is used as a laxative. A waxy solid extracted from petroleum is called paraffin wax. Kerosene is widely used to power jet engines of aircraft and some rocket engines, but is also commonly used as a cooking and lighting fuel and for fire toys such as poi. In parts of Asia, where the price of kerosene is subsidized, it fuels outboard motors on small fishing boats. Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting in rural areas of Asia and Africa where electrical distribution is not available or too costly for widespread use. Kerosene lamps consume an estimated 77 billion litres per year, equivalent to 1.3 million barrels of oil per day.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kerosene

    ker′o-sēn, n. an oil obtained from bituminous coal, used for lamps, &c. [Gr. kēros, wax.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kerosene

    a refined petroleum used as oil for lamps.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Kerosene

    A refined petroleum fraction used as a fuel as well as a solvent.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. KEROSENE

    An alleged provider of heat and light. From Lat. _carus_, meaning expensive and _seneo_, to be weak; expensive but weak. For further explanation, consult Standard Oil Company.

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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say kerosene in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kerosene in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kerosene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of kerosene in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Brueck:

    To substitute 100 percent of the kerosene use today, we will not do it with algae alone. We need a combination of different technologies to actually enable that substitution.

  2. Naseer Ahmad:

    Solar energy will also improve people’s quality of life by cutting their spending on kerosene and firewood.

  3. John Thurman:

    I would take the Metro down and we would stop at the Pentagon station, there'd just be this feeling of dread even pulling through the station. The first time I was back in the building, I could still smell that kerosene smell, which was unnerving.

  4. John Thurman:

    I was really fortunate in the fact that the outside of my body -- I wasn't cut, I wasn't burned, a lot of the jet fuel splashed up into our area, and burned some people fairly significantly. However, being exposed basically to kerosene...I had severe smoke inhalation.

  5. Aminata Dumbuya:

    People end up spending a lot more money on electricity access just by using haphazard means (such as) kerosene lamps, firewood, candles, generators, we are hoping that this new announcement ... will now accelerate the private sector to come in with quality, solar products.

Images & Illustrations of kerosene

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