One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A light fuel oil that is obtained by distilling petroleum and used in internal combustion engines.as modifier ‘petrol fumes’North American term gasoline
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- ‘LPG, in fact, is stated to be a cleaner fuel than petrol or diesel, as it cannot be adulterated.’
- ‘The engine and generator are missing but when they are replaced they will use diesel and not petrol as fuel.’
- ‘Like the rest of Europe, however, prices of unleaded petrol and diesel have soared over the last few months.’
- ‘The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene has gone up four times since February.’
- ‘Meanwhile, Asda slashed three to four pence per litre off its unleaded petrol and 2p per litre off diesel.’
- ‘Rather than using petrol and benzene as the fuel, these bombs use paraffin-based jet fuel.’
- ‘Hybrid cars powered by ethanol and petrol are now outselling traditional petrol-engined vehicles in Brazil.’
- ‘So, motorists hoping that the use of ethanol in petrol will cut their fuel bills are set to be disappointed.’
- ‘Alas, I have a shock for Mr Hepworth if he thinks cars and any other vehicles using petrol or diesel will become extinct when the oil runs out.’
- ‘Diesel fuel costing more than petrol makes Britain unique in Europe.’
- ‘The Prius runs on electricity and petrol by combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor.’
- ‘The cost of filling up with petrol has fuelled endless controversy. Is petrol in the UK the most expensive in Europe?’
- ‘Higher oil prices have added to the cost of petrol, diesel, kerosene and gas as well as transport.’
- ‘In Brazil, for example, half of all cars can now take either petrol or ethanol, which is produced from sugar.’
- ‘These tiny ships fuelled by high octane petrol, were made of wood and had a top speed of just twelve knots.’
- ‘Tar is soluble in fossil fuels like diesel and petrol and oil spill loosens the road surface and potholes begin to form.’
- ‘The octane rating of petrol tells how much a given fuel can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites.’
- ‘Protesters also threw objects such as bottles, sometimes lit with petrol, and rocks.’
- ‘The global thirst for petrol and other oil products shows no sign of slowing’
- ‘For the first time in this segment, Kia will offer customers a choice of petrol and diesel engines.’
2A shade of greenish or greyish blue.
- ‘The petrol blue salwar kameez she is wearing here cost 3000-the price was only kept below 5000 because he has a team of in-house embroiderers in India.’
- ‘Harmer sells a range of contemporary pendant lighting, including the Icon glass dome light shades, in colours from petrol blue to cardinal red, priced £109.’
- ‘The wash is equally bright and clean with light petrol notes among the apricot and apple.’
- ‘Button-down checked shirt, Levi 501s, biker boots or Timberlands, and a petrol blue, zip-fronted, nylon Schott jacket - that was my uniform.’
Late 19th century: from French pétrole, from medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).
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