• enPR: pĕt'rəl, IPA: /ˈpɛt.ɹəl/

petrol (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly, AU, NZ, UK, South Africa, India) Petroleum, a fluid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons, primarily consisting of octane, commonly used as a motor fuel.
    • 1987 October 29, Advertisement, New Scientist, [|%22petrols%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nNfWT67gJMaWiQf02JyRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 31],
      We were the first company to introduce unleaded petrol in Britain, opening our first pump in June 1986.
    • 2000 September 27, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 106th Congress, Second Session, Volume 146, Part 14, [|%22petrols%22+america|american+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=luDWT_KnO66OiAf0qeCMAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20america|american%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 19605],
      European oil firms are beginning to follow the example of their American counterparts by adding convenience stores to their pumps: the typical American petrol station now makes some 40 percent of its profits from the sale of non-oil products, such as cigarettes and beer.
    • 2003, S. Srinivasan, Automotive Mechanics, Tata McGraw Hill, India, 2nd Edition, [|%22petrols%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nNfWT67gJMaWiQf02JyRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 149],
      At a crank angle 6° before the TDC, the electric spark ignites the petrol mixture.
    • 2006 February 10, Kenya Gazette, [|%22petrols%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nNfWT67gJMaWiQf02JyRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 354],
      He also admitted that when big trucks bring in petrol, they park along Langata Road […] .
    • 2006 August, Economic Scenario, Pratiyogita Darpan, [|%22petrols%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nNfWT67gJMaWiQf02JyRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 218],
      The increase in rates comes just a few days after India raised petrol prices by 9-2% and diesel prices by 6-6% which boosed inflation expectations in Indian economy.
    • 2008, Robin Stonecash, Joshua Gans, Stephen King, Gregory Mankiw, Principles of Macroeconomics, Cengage Learning Australia, [|%22petrols%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nNfWT67gJMaWiQf02JyRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrol%22|%22petrols%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 122],
      Most major Australian cities receive their petrol from a single refinery.
  2. (informal) A motor vehicle powered by petrol (as opposed to diesel).
    • 2016, Honest John, ‎George Fowler, Car-tastrophes: 80 Automotive Atrocities from the past 20 years
      However, I do feel entitled to criticise the car. There are lots of different versions: manuals and automatics; petrols and diesels; two-wheel drives and four-wheel drives, and it's possible to spend thirty grand on one.

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