Fuel meaning

fyo͝oəl
Fuel is defined as to give energy or power.

An example of fuel is putting gas in your car.

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Any material, as coal, oil, gas, wood, etc., burned to supply heat or power.
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To provide with fuel.
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To take in fuel.
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Something consumed to produce energy, especially:
  • A material such as wood, coal, gas, or oil burned to produce heat or power.
  • Fissionable material used in a nuclear reactor.
  • Nutritive material metabolized by a living organism; food.
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The definition of fuel is anything that produces energy, power or heat.

An example of fuel is carbohydrates.

An example of fuel is gasoline.

An example of fuel is solar.

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Something that maintains or stimulates an activity or emotion.
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To support or stimulate the activity or existence of.

Rhetoric that fueled the dissenters.

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Fissile material from which nuclear energy can be obtained, as in a nuclear reactor.
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To get fuel.
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A substance that produces useful energy when it undergoes a chemical or nuclear reaction. Fuel such as coal, wood, oil, or gas provides energy when burned. Compounds in the body such as glucose are broken down into simpler compounds to provide energy for metabolic processes. Some radioactive substances, such as plutonium and tritium, provide energy by undergoing nuclear fission or fusion.
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Anything that maintains or intensifies strong feeling, etc.
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To supply with fuel.
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Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction.
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Substance that provides nourishment for a living organism; food.
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To provide fuel.
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(figuratively) Something that stimulates, encourages or maintains an action.

His books were fuel for the revolution. Money is the fuel for economy.

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To exacerbate, to cause to grow or become greater.
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Origin of fuel

  • Middle English feuel from Old French fouaille, feuaile from Vulgar Latin focālia neuter pl. of *focālis of the hearth or fireplace from Latin focus hearth, fireplace

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French fouaille, from feu (“fire”).

    From Wiktionary