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Meaning of fuel by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French: feuaile, from feu ( “fire” )


    • IPA: /ˈfjuːəl̩/, X-SAMPA: /"fju:@l/
    • Rhymes: -ʊəl


    fuel ( plural: fuels )

    1. Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction .
    2. Substance that provides nourishment for a living organism; food .
    3. ( figuratively ) Something that stimulates, encourages or maintains an action .
      His books were fuel for the revolution .
      Money is the fuel for economy .

    Usage notes


Explanation of fuel by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. stimulate

    2. fuel the debate on creationism
    3. take in fuel, as of a ship

    4. The tanker fueled in Bahrain
    5. provide with a combustible substance that provides energy

    6. fuel aircraft, ships, and cars
    7. provide with fuel

    1. a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

    2. more fuel is needed during the winter months
      they developed alternative fuels for aircraft

    Definition of fuel by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fuel n. [OF. fouail, fuail, or fouaille, fuaille, LL. focalium, focale, fr. L. focus hearth, fireplace, in LL., fire. See Focus.] [Formerly written also fewel.]
      1. Any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds fire; combustible matter used for fires, as wood, coal, peat, etc.

      2. Anything that serves to feed or increase passion or excitement.

      Artificial fuel, fuel consisting of small particles, as coal dust, sawdust, etc., consolidated into lumps or blocks.

    2. Fuel, v. t.
      1. To feed with fuel. [Obs.]

      Never, alas I the dreadful name,

      That fuels the infernal flame. Cowley.

      2. To store or furnish with fuel or firing. [Obs.]

      Well watered and well fueled. Sir H. Wotton.