Definition of high-octane in English:



  • 1Denoting petrol having a high octane number and thus good anti-knock properties.

    • ‘A petrol tank containing high-octane fuel is beside your seat.’
    • ‘The AA says if you do that to a vehicle designed to run on high-octane petrol, the engine ‘would seize’.’
    • ‘That is why high-performance cars generally need high-octane gasoline - their engines are using higher compression ratios to get more power.’
    • ‘There is a region in south Philadelphia where the underground water is known to be polluted with high-octane gasoline.’
    • ‘The 100 cc motor is worth $3000 on its own and the kart runs on high-octane fuel, which costs about $4.80 per litre.’
    1. 1.1Powerful or dynamic.
      ‘a high-octane forty-year-old’
      • ‘One of the main challenges of filming, he says, lay in translating the passion and the high-octane energy of the sport to the screen.’
      • ‘The fund toned down its aggressive, high-octane formula.’
      • ‘How can this be reconciled with the market-driven, high-octane, modernising spirit of the new millennium?’
      • ‘Ramsay's first high-octane job was working for Marco Pierre White at the legendary Harvey's.’
      • ‘The inventive opening street brawl and the high-octane sword fight between a strident Mercutio and Tybalt are peaks in a work that is not shy to entertain.’
      • ‘Today's CEOs face the unique challenge of achieving appropriate valuations in a Wall Street climate ruled largely by high-octane portfolio managers driven by near-term horizons.’
      • ‘With the Dow Jones Industrials Average plunging to its lowest level since October 1998 and the NASDAQ faring even worse, the high-octane world of the trading floor is suddenly running on empty.’
      • ‘The band toured relentlessly, crossing the globe many times over, igniting critics and audiences worldwide with their high-octane, richly-textured, genuinely different live shows.’
      • ‘A high-octane two-part feature-length special launches the return of the critically acclaimed Spooks for a new season this Autumn on BBC ONE.’
      • ‘The high-octane production recreates the energy, style and music of the stars of the Motown stable.’
      • ‘However, there was to be no blaze of glory and rather than producing a high-octane performance, Sligo stuttered to a halt when succumbing to a more mobile and industrious Donegal team.’
      • ‘Even the most high-octane petrolhead should make time for a tour of Goodwood House, which is open from March to October.’
      • ‘The speedy Northern Ireland international turned in a high-octane performance that lifted his team-mates.’
      • ‘In the high-octane worlds of college football and basketball, the goal of most coaches is not to produce well-rounded human beings but well-rounded athletes.’
      • ‘For the first time, Rupert Murdoch's high-octane conservative channel beat out CNN, a division of AOL-Time Warner, in the ratings war in January.’
      • ‘The company recently added motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. to its high-octane roster of clients.’
      • ‘In fact, Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes that ‘big-game player’ Rooney and his fellow teen terror Cristiano Ronaldo will revel in the high-octane atmosphere they are about to face.’
      • ‘To many non-Catholics, especially religiously skeptical ones, belonging to Opus Dei means nothing more than being a high-octane Catholic of a certifiably orthodox sort.’
      • ‘Shane Black, best known for his high-octane buddy pictures like Lethal Weapon and The Long Kiss Goodnight, makes his directorial debut after spending a decade away from Hollywood.’
      • ‘He's a high-octane attorney who has assumed the case of a young lady's disappearance.’
      energetic, spirited, active, lively, zestful, vital, vigorous, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, positive, effective, effectual, high-powered, aggressive, driving, pushing, bold, enterprising