The characteristic of a particular gasoline blend to resist igniting too early (which causes
Gasoline used in internal combustion engines has a significant effect on the environment, both in local effects (e.g.,
"Gasoline" is a North America word that refers to fuel for automobiles. The Oxford English Dictionary dates its first recorded use to 1863 when it was spelled "gasolene". The term "gasoline" was first used in North America in 1864. The words is a derivation from the word "gas" and the chemical suffixes "-ol" and "-ine" or "-ene".
However, the term may also have been influenced by the trademark "Cazeline" or "Gazeline". On 27 November 1862, the British publisher, coffee merchant, and social campaigner
The Patent Cazeline Oil, safe, economical, and brilliant … possesses all the requisites which have so long been desired as a means of powerful artificial light.
This is the earliest occurrence of the word to have been found. Cassell discovered that a shopkeeper in Dublin named Samuel Boyd was selling counterfeit cazeline and wrote to him to ask him to stop. Boyd did not reply and changed every ‘C’ into a ‘G’, thus coining the word "gazeline".
"Petrol" is used in most Commonwealth countries. "Petrol" was first used as the name of a refined petroleum product around 1870 by British wholesaler
British refiners originally used "motor spirit" as a generic name for the automotive fuel and "aviation spirit" for
The use of the word gasoline instead of petrol outside North America can often be confusing. Shortening gasoline to gas, which happens often, causes confusion with various forms of gas used as car fuel (