Adjective "octane" definition and examples

(Octane may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɒkteɪn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A colourless flammable hydrocarbon of the alkane series, present in petroleum spirit.
  1. 'Instead, new engines have been designed to run on lower octane gasoline, which is made of hydrocarbons that are resistant to knock.'
  2. 'Four different solvent media were considered: octane, tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile, and water.'

More definitions

1. any of 18 isomeric saturated hydrocarbons having the formula C 8 H 1 8 , some of which are obtained in the distillation and cracking of petroleum.

2. octane number.

More examples(as adjective)

"boosters can be octane."

Origin

Late 19th century: from octo- ‘eight’ (denoting eight carbon atoms) + -ane.