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 oilnoun

    a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters

GCIDE

  1. Kerosenenoun

    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

Wiktionary

  1. kerosenenoun

    A petroleum based thin and colorless fuel; paraffin.

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

  2. Etymology: From κηρός.

Wikipedia

  1. Kerosene

    Kerosene, paraffin, or lamp oil is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid which is derived from petroleum. It is widely used as a fuel in aviation as well as households. Its name derives from Greek: κηρός (keros) meaning "wax", and was registered as a trademark by Canadian geologist and inventor Abraham Gesner in 1854 before evolving into a generic trademark. It is sometimes spelled kerosine in scientific and industrial usage. The term kerosene is common in much of Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, and the United States, while the term paraffin (or a closely related variant) is used in Chile, eastern Africa, South Africa, Norway, and in the United Kingdom. The term lamp oil, or the equivalent in the local languages, is common in the majority of Asia and the Southeastern United States. Liquid paraffin (called mineral oil in the US) is a more viscous and highly refined product which is used as a laxative. Paraffin wax is a waxy solid extracted from petroleum. Kerosene is widely used to power jet engines of aircraft (jet fuel), as well as some rocket engines in a highly refined form called RP-1. It is also commonly used as a cooking and lighting fuel, and for fire toys such as poi. In parts of Asia, kerosene is sometimes used as fuel for small outboard motors or even motorcycles. World total kerosene consumption for all purposes is equivalent to about 1,110,000 cubic metres (39 million cubic feet) per day.To prevent confusion between kerosene and the much more flammable and volatile gasoline (petrol), some jurisdictions regulate markings or colourings for containers used to store or dispense kerosene. For example, in the United States, Pennsylvania requires that portable containers used at retail service stations for kerosene be colored blue, as opposed to red (for gasoline) or yellow (for diesel).The World Health Organization considers kerosene to be a polluting fuel and recommends that "governments and practitioners immediately stop promoting its household use". Kerosene smoke contains high levels of harmful particulate matter, and household use of kerosene is associated with higher risks of cancer, respiratory infections, asthma, tuberculosis, cataracts, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

ChatGPT

  1. kerosene

    Kerosene is a flammable hydrocarbon oil that is typically obtained from petroleum and is used as fuel in jet engines and heating systems, as well as in cooking stoves and lamps. Its color can range from clear to straw-like yellow. It's lightweight, less viscous than oils, and has a strong and distinctive smell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kerosenenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Gr. wax.]

Wikidata

  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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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. Dale Earnhardt:

    If you're not a race driver, stay the hell home. Don't come here and grumble about going too fast. Get the hell out of the race car if you've got feathers on your legs or butt. Put a kerosene rag around your ankles so the ants won't climb up and eat that candy ass.

  2. 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.

  3. Doc Rivers:

    I loved it until Vinny Del Negro got the guy on fire and then they would tell me to go stop him, we used to call him Vinny Kerosene some nights because I would go in and go, ‘The guy’s on fire. I’ve got to guard him?’ We would laugh about it.

  4. Tracy Alvino:

    Cuomo lit the match and the nursing homes were the kerosene. It was a failure at every level. The nursing homes were unable to protect nursing home patients after accepting COVID patients, if the March 25 order wasn’t issued, countless lives would have been saved. These were preventable deaths.

  5. Naseer Ahmad:

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

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