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petrol

[pe-truh l] /ˈpɛ trəl/
noun
1.
British, gasoline.
2.
Archaic. petroleum.
verb (used with object), petrolled, petrolling.
3.
British. to clean with gasoline.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum

petrol.

1.
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  • On a petrol-sipping motorcycle, you're always outside.
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  • 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

petrol

/ˈpɛtrəl/
noun
1.
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

petrol.

abbreviation
1.
petrology
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Word Origin and History for petrol
n.

"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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Related Abbreviations for petrol

petrol.

petrology
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