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petrol

[ pe-truh l ]
/ ˈpɛ trəl /
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noun

British. gasoline.
Archaic. petroleum.

verb (used with object), pet·rolled, pet·rol·ling.

British. to clean with gasoline.

RELATED WORDS

gasoline, gas, fuel, kerosene, crude, oil, petroleum, juice, naphtha, gasohol, propellant

Nearby words

petrograd, petrogram, petrograph, petrographic, petrography, petrol, petrol bomb, petrol engine, petrol pump, petrol station, petrol.

Origin of petrol

1590–1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum

Definition for petrol (2 of 2)

petrol.


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petrol

/ (ˈpɛtrəl) /

noun

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 for petrol

C16: via French from Medieval Latin petroleum

British Dictionary definitions for petrol (2 of 2)

petrol.


abbreviation for

petrology
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Word Origin and History for petrol

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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