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[pe-truh l] /ˈpɛ trəl/
British, gasoline.
Archaic. petroleum.
verb (used with object), petrolled, petrolling.
British. to clean with gasoline.
Origin of petrol
1590-1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum


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Examples from the web for petrol
  • On a petrol-sipping motorcycle, you're always outside.
  • Anything over that and the petrol expands, meaning you get even less in your tank for the price.
  • It will achieve nothing useful for your petrol consumption.
  • petrol was more convenient, but today is getting scarce.
  • Gliding off down the fast lane in a sports car, stopping to fill up with thirty litres of petrol.
  • Buying car without batteries and lease them charged at petrol stations.
  • People are wasting hours stuck in traffic jams, wasting petrol and contributing to the air pollution.
  • Its chief use in industry is to regenerate the catalysts used in the refining of petrol.
  • The amount of heat you get from burning a litre of ethanol is a third less than that from a litre of petrol.
  • As a result more drivers were faced with paying closer to the true costs of their petrol use.
British Dictionary definitions for petrol


any one of various volatile flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane, obtained from petroleum and used as a solvent and a fuel for internal-combustion engines. Usually petrol also contains additives such as antiknock compounds and corrosion inhibitors US and Canadian name gasoline
Word Origin
C16: via French from Medieval Latin petroleum


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Word Origin and History for petrol

"gasoline," 1895, from French pétrol (1892); earlier used (1580s) in reference to the unrefined substance, from Middle French petrole "petroleum," from Old French (13c.), from Medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).

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