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fuel

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noun 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)

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

  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 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)

Full Definition of fuel

fueled or fuelledfuel·ing or fuel·ling

  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

  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




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