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fuel

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noun, often attributive fu·el \ˈfyü(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of fuel

  • : a material (such as coal, oil, or gas) that is burned to produce heat or power

  • : something that gives support or strength to something (such as argument or angry feelings)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fuel

  1. 1 a :  a material used to produce heat or power by burning b :  nutritive material c :  a material from which atomic energy can be liberated especially in a reactor

  2. 2 :  a source of sustenance or incentive :  reinforcement

Examples of fuel in a sentence

  1. I had the fuel pump replaced on my car.

  2. These latest scandals will provide further fuel for his political opponents.

  3. These latest accusations will only add fuel to the controversy.

  4. The controversy continues to rage, and these latest accusations will only add fuel to the fire.



Origin and Etymology of fuel

Middle English fewel, from Anglo-French fuail, feuaile, from Vulgar Latin *focalia, from Latin focus hearth


First Known Use: 13th century

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fuel

verb fu·el

Simple Definition of fuel

  • : to supply (something) with fuel

  • : to take in fuel

  • : to give support or strength to (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fuel

fueled

or

fuelled

fueling

or

fuelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with fuel

  3. 2 :  support, stimulate <movement is fueled by massive grants-in-aid — Allen Schick>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to take in fuel —often used with up

Examples of fuel in a sentence

  1. The airplanes were fueled in midair.

  2. The criticism she has faced has only fueled her determination to succeed.

  3. Inflation was fueled by high prices.

  4. The strong economy has fueled the construction of new homes.



1592

First Known Use of fuel

1592



FUEL Defined for Kids

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fuel

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noun fu·el \ˈfyü-əl\

Definition of fuel for Students

  1. :  a substance (as oil or gasoline) that can be burned to produce heat or power




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fuel

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verb fu·el

Definition of fuel for Students

fueled

or

fuelled

fueling

or

fuelling

  1. :  to supply with or take on fuel





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