petroleum

noun
pe·​tro·​leum | \ pə-ˈtrō-lē-əm How to pronounce petroleum (audio) , -ˈtrōl-yəm \

Definition of petroleum

: an oily flammable bituminous liquid that may vary from almost colorless to black, occurs in many places in the upper strata of the earth, is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons with small amounts of other substances, and is prepared for use as gasoline, naphtha, or other products by various refining processes

Examples of petroleum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, along with petroleum, electricity prices are on the rise too. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 At the same time as the U.S. refinery supply squeeze, European countries weaning themselves off exports of Russian oil and naphtha—a petroleum product used to make fuel—are looking to the U.S. to supply more of the world’s fuel. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 18 May 2022 Russia is also making money, thanks to high petroleum prices. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Some major petroleum producing states are forging ahead with their climate agendas. Morgan Lee And Mead Gruver, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2022 For instance, in 2021 the nation's total petroleum production — including crude, natural gas and other products — was 16.6 million barrels per day, according to the EIA. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 13 May 2022 The core ingredients of this Oat Cleansing Facial Polish are safe and sustainable, cruelty free, vegan, and contain no toxic materials, endocrine disruptors, petroleum derived ingredients, or silicone. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 The winners are petroleum refiners, which convert crude into usable fuels and are enjoying a rare stretch of profitability. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 13 May 2022 The shooting occurred in the 6200 block of Pennington Avenue, a remote strip near the entrance of petroleum tank farm in Hawkins Point, just south of Curtis Bay. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of petroleum

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petroleum

Middle English, "mineral oil," borrowed from Medieval Latin, "mineral oil, crude oil," from Latin petra "rock" (borrowed from Greek pétra) + oleum "oil" — more at petro-, oil entry 1

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The first known use of petroleum was in the 15th century

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21 May 2022

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“Petroleum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petroleum. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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petroleum

noun
pe·​tro·​leum | \ pə-ˈtrō-lē-əm How to pronounce petroleum (audio) , -ˈtrōl-yəm \

Kids Definition of petroleum

: a raw oil that is obtained from wells drilled in the ground and that is the source of gasoline, kerosene, and other oils used for fuel

petroleum

noun
pe·​tro·​leum | \ pə-ˈtrō-lē-əm, -ˈtrōl-yəm How to pronounce petroleum (audio) \

Medical Definition of petroleum

: an oily flammable bituminous liquid that may vary from almost colorless to black, occurs in many places in the upper strata of the earth, is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons with small amounts of other substances, and is prepared for use as gasoline, naphtha, or other products by various refining processes

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