Meaning of “petroleum” in the English Dictionary

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"petroleum" in British English

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petroleumnoun [ U ]

uk /pəˈtrəʊ.li.əm/ us /pəˈtroʊ.li.əm/

a dark, thick oil obtained from under the ground, from which various substances including petrol, paraffin, and diesel oil are produced

Examples

  • Petrol and diesel are produced from petroleum.
  • Products which are petroleum-based are highly inflammable.
  • Petroleum is used to produce fuel for vehicles.
  • 'Vaseline' is the commercial name for petroleum jelly.
  • Petroleum jelly can be used to soothe and prevent nappy rash.

(Definition of “petroleum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"petroleum" in American English

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petroleumnoun [ U ]

us /pəˈtroʊ·li·əm/

a dark, thick oil obtained from under the ground and made into fuels such as gas and heating oil, and used in making plastics

(Definition of “petroleum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"petroleum" in Business English

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petroleumnoun [ U ]

uk /pəˈtrəʊliəm/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES a dark thick oil obtained from under the ground, from which various substances, including petrol, are produced:

Imports of petroleum and petroleum products declined by 23.9 %.
Most industrialized societies depend on the petroleum industry.
a petroleum company/corporation
petroleum refining/production

(Definition of “petroleum” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)