- British. to clean with gasoline.
Origin of petrol
Examples from the Web for petrol
“Petrol will disappear but the national park will last forever,” he said.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
April 28, 2014
Gray smoke from its engine mingled with petrol fumes and a metallic smell of burning.Tina Brown: No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered
August 19, 2013
“Petrol bombs and pipe bombs are a dangerous precursor to shots being fired,” he said.Belfast in Chaos After Days of Protestant Rioting, Police Injuries
July 16, 2013
It included waves of demonstrations and some attacks on Israelis—mainly with stones and petrol bombs.Palestine’s Gandhi: Civil Disobedience the Best Hope for Peace
December 12, 2012
Gas stations have run out of petrol and are not being refilled.Israel vs. Gaza: a Tale of Two Battlefields
November 17, 2012
The car was fully supplied with petrol and water—was in admirable order.A Nest of Spies
From the tap which he had already turned on the petrol was flowing freely.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Evidently the petrol had burnt out; but not so the fire, alas!Sarah's School Friend
He dragged the full can of petrol to the other side of the cellar.
The fire he had started blazed up at once, owing to the 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 inhibitorsUS and Canadian name: gasoline
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).