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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 of petrol
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum

petrol.

1.
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  • We find one chauffeur and set him to keep guard over a tin of petrol.

  • The car was fully supplied with petrol and water—was in admirable order.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • From what I could judge, this might be one of the principal store places of petrol.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • From the tap which he had already turned on the petrol was flowing freely.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • The fire of hell blazed by the petrol of German fury must not be wafted in the direction of our beloved country.

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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