American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Gasoline.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as petroleum.
- n. The lighter hydrocarbons from petroleum which are used as fuel in the motor- engines of vehicles and dirigible balloons; gasolene.
- To fill or supply with petrol: as, to petrol a motor-car.
- An abbreviation of petrology.
- n. New Zealand, UK Petroleum, a fluid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons, primarily consisting of octane, commonly used as a motor fuel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Petroleum.
- n. a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines
- From French (essence de) pétrole, from Medieval Latin petroleum, from Ancient Greek πετρέλαιον (petrelaion, "oil of the rock"), from πέτρα (petra, "stone, rock")+ ἔλαιον (elaion, "olive oil, any oily substance") (Wiktionary)
- French (essence de) pétrole, (essence of) petroleum, gasoline, from Old French petrole, petroleum, from Medieval Latin petrōleum; see petroleum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Banning lead in petrol is responsible for declining crime rates in Britain, the United States and other countries, startling new research suggests.”
“And you have refining and delivery of that crude oil as what we call petrol or gasoline.”
“Some oil analysts have speculated that if this sort of what they call petrol terrorism becomes common, oil could hit $100 a barrel.”
“It's an example of how those here are keen to preserve a heritage that has also given the world the word "petrol", matchbox toys, and dry-cleaning.”
“The lighting question presents also some difficulties as some of the rooms are only lighted by petrol lamps and the petrol is very scarce.”
“For those who remember the years after the war and the black market in petrol coupons, I'm sure we would manage to have a similar black market in alcohol!”
“In September last year, the first symbolic extraction of petrol from the pre-salt layer in the Jubarte field, off the Espirito Santo State coast, took place.”
“Katara was hit on the head with a hammer before being doused in petrol and set alight.”
“To cheer you up, petrol is over $11 a gallon here.”
“That's several hundred million dollars for a town of a few thousand for a state rolling in petrol-dollars.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘petrol’.
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Vocabulary of road transport and roadworthiness
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
includes words of the "Prodcom list"
See also Things that taste better than they smell.
Vendors can get oddly creative.
Words created by removing the end of a longer or original word. See also Fun with Aphesis.
Words I like mostly because of the way they sound and feel.
Trademarks that have lost their character as indicators of source to become a general term for a product or service.
Words and phrases from Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand.
of or relating to rock; relating to petroleum
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Words that remind me of England, which I miss very much.
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