fossil fuel


: a fuel (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains
fossil-fueled adjective

Examples of fossil fuel in a Sentence

oil and other fossil fuels
Recent Examples on the Web These emissions originate from various sources, including the use of fossil fuels in the power and transport sectors, industrial activities, agriculture, and land use changes such as deforestation. Simi Thambi​, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Clean fossil fuel is the best answer to Texas’s electricity needs. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The chemist is shocked to learn that people of the future are concerned about the amount of fossil fuels used in plastic production. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 The goal was to capture not just the direct use of fossil fuels, but also indirect consumption, like electricity used by a mining company or car manufacturing plant, and generated from fossil fuels. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 January 2024 broke the old record from 2020 for warmest first month of the year by 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.12 degrees Celsius) and was 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.66 degrees Celsius) warmer than the late 1800s, the base for temperatures before the burning of fossil fuels. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Experts also say fossil fuel lobbying in the country meant policies to encourage renewable growth have fallen short. Sibi Arasu, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 Fine particulate matter – also called PM2.5 – pollutes outdoor air when a variety of fossil fuels are burned – including gasoline, diesel and oil, as well as wood. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 But that debate needs to revolve around how to stop burning fossil fuels as fast as possible, given the political, economic and technical challenges. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fossil fuel was in 1759

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“Fossil fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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fossil fuel

: a fuel (as coal, oil, or natural gas) that is formed in the earth from plant or animal remains

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