pet·​rol | \ ˈpe-trəl , -ˌträl\

Definition of petrol

chiefly British

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Flares, rocks and even petrol bombs were flung at the British ships and many in the UK have even gone as far as calling for warships to step in and protect the fishing fleet. Sam Webb, Fox News, "British fisherman call on Navy to protect them from aggressive French rivals in 'Scallop Wars'," 30 Aug. 2018 Fuel prices have been raised: the cost of the lowest-grade petrol is up by 83%. The Economist, "Taxing timesA new levy is one step towards fixing Saudi Arabia’s fiscal woes," 13 Jan. 2018 All of the rooms adhere to a color palette (deep red, petrol blue, pickle green, etc.) with chairs, walls, and ceilings swathed in monochromatic materials. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "In new Berlin cinema, every theater is a glowing piece of art," 24 July 2018 That outpaced inflation, but mainly because petrol prices slumped in 2014. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 GasBuddy, which tracks petrol prices across the country, also takes reviews of gas station facilities, and produces an annual list of which brands rate the highest for cleanliness. USA TODAY, "The cleanest gas station restroom in every state, 2018 edition," 28 June 2018 With classic notes of petrol and lime, plus orange zest, lemon, ripe red apple and lively acidity, this wine was racy and refreshing. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 The industry is also having to cope with the fallout of its diesel crisis, and invest heavily in electric vehicles and more fuel-efficient petrol engines. The Economist, "New auto tariffs would batter German carmakers," 5 July 2018 His first machine, 'Puffing Billy', had a 5 hp piston pump driven by a petrol/gasoline engine or electric motor. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Google Doodle Honors the Inventor of the First Powered Vacuum Cleaner Hubert Cecil Booth," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of petrol

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrol

French essence de pétrole, literally, essence of petroleum

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The first known use of petrol was in 1895

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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