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Definition of "kerosene" []

  • A thin oil distilled from petroleum or shale oil, used as a fuel for heating and cooking, in lamps, and as a denaturant for alcohol. Also called coal oil, lamp oil. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kerosene" in a sentence
  • "Well that and soak his robes in kerosene and hope he stands too close to a burning cross."
  • "Now I see how, in your mind at least, the destruction of which a truckful of fertilizer and kerosene is capable ican be equated with that of a military-grade semi-automatic firearm and thus both items presumably should be equally free from “prohibition”."
  • "Torches soaked in kerosene, ready to burn my house down?"