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Definitions for petrol
ˈpɛ trəlpetrol

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gasoline, gasolene, gas, petrolnoun

    a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines


  1. petrolnoun

    Petroleum, a fluid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons, primarily consisting of octane, commonly used as a motor fuel.

  2. Etymology: From (essence de) pétrole, from petroleum, from πετρέλαιον, from πέτρα+ ἔλαιον

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Petrol, Petroleumnoun

    Petrol or petroleum is a liquid bitumen, black, floating on the water of springs. John Woodward

    Etymology: petrole, Fr.


  1. petrol

    Gasoline (US, CA; ) or petrol (UK, AU, IN; ) (see § Etymology) is a transparent, petroleum-derived flammable liquid that is used primarily as a fuel in most spark-ignited internal combustion engines (also known as petrol engines). It consists mostly of organic compounds obtained by the fractional distillation of petroleum, enhanced with a variety of additives. On average, U.S. refineries produce, from a barrel of crude oil, about 19 to 20 gallons of gasoline; 11 to 13 gallons of distillate fuel (most of which is sold as diesel fuel); and 3 to 4 gallons of jet fuel. The product ratio depends on the processing in an oil refinery and the crude oil assay. A barrel of oil is defined as holding 42 US gallons, which is about 159 liters or 35 imperial gallons. The characteristic of a particular gasoline blend to resist igniting too early (which causes knocking and reduces efficiency in reciprocating engines) is measured by its octane rating, which is produced in several grades. Tetraethyl lead and other lead compounds, once widely used to increase octane ratings, are no longer used except in aviation, off-road and auto-racing applications. Other chemicals are frequently added to gasoline to improve chemical stability and performance characteristics, control corrosiveness, and provide fuel system cleaning. Gasoline may contain oxygen-containing chemicals such as ethanol, MTBE, or ETBE to improve combustion. Gasoline can enter the environment (uncombusted), both as liquid and as vapor, from leakage and handling during production, transport, and delivery (e.g., from storage tanks, from spills, etc.). As an example of efforts to control such leakage, many underground storage tanks are required to have extensive measures in place to detect and prevent such leaks. Gasoline contains known carcinogens. Burning one liter (0.26 U.S. gal) of gasoline emits about 2.3 kilograms (5.1 lb) of CO2, a greenhouse gas, contributing to human-caused climate change.


  1. petrol

    Petrol, also known as gasoline, is a transparent, liquid derived from petroleum. It is primarily used as fuel in internal combustion engines such as in vehicles and some types of machinery. Petrol is produced through a refining process where it is separated from crude oil and treated to remove impurities. It is highly flammable and is one of the major sources of energy globally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petrolnoun



  1. Petrol

    "Petrol" is a song by Ash, released as the second single from their 1994 album Trailer, and their first single on Infectious. It was released on 15 August 1994 on CD and a limited 7" format. Only 500 copies of the 7" format were released, and came with a numbered picture sleeve. "Petrol" was first recorded on the "Garage Girl" demo tape, and later appeared on Ash's debut live album, "Live at the Wireless", and again on Ash's first greatest hits collection "Intergalactic Sonic 7″s". The song is said to be about being "lynched" by a gang. The B-side, "The Little Pond" first appeared on the "Garage Girl" demo-tape. Tim Wheeler has expressed his dissatisfaction with this recording, and has even mentioned re-recording it as an acoustic b-side on a future album. The second B-side, "A Message From Oscar Wilde and Patrick the Brewer" is a spoken-word track, lasting just 30 seconds, and consists of an excerpt of a tape Tim was sent, consisting of two of his Dutch friends, Oscar and Patrick, talking to each other. This track also appears on the "Cosmic Debris" B-sides collection and on Ash's debut album "Trailer". The third b-side, "Things" first appeared on the "Shed" demo tape. Ash bassist Mark Hamilton claims that "Things" is his least favourite Ash song of all time.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'petrol' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4285

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'petrol' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2039

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'petrol' in Nouns Frequency: #1632

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of petrol in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of petrol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of petrol in a Sentence

  1. Michael Famoroti:

    The cash crunch, petrol scarcity … are issues that are likely going to be top of mind for those who make it to the polls and arguably could sway the votes.

  2. Vinod Gore:

    You can't increase speed on mountains the way you can accelerate with traditional petrol-powered scooters or motorcycles. There is turbo mode that delivers more power but that is still less than petrol scooters.

  3. Steve Young:

    It depends on how well they manage the process... in the case of the Toyota recall in the U.S., Toyota dealers were able to reconnect with customers, if the dealer handles it well, they could help customers use the compensation to switch into petrol and sell their fixed diesel model to somebody who knows what they are getting.

  4. Abdul Karim Sabra:

    Islamic State aren't many and they don't have petrol to move around, they don't have military vehicles either. They get around in fertilizer trucks.

  5. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal:

    Beginning on Thursday, we are further restricting distribution due to the very limited supplies we have. Private vehicles will not be able to purchase petrol or diesel.

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