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 The state Legislature has enacted several laws intended to transition both the public and private transportation sectors from fossil fuels to electric vehicles, with a ban on the sale and registration of new gas vehicles after 2030. Tj Martinell | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 10 July 2024 Transitioning from fossil fuel overnight is just not feasible. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 The state’s detailed 2023 climate report envisions a transition away from fossil fuels and calls for trash incineration to be removed as a clean energy source. Jorge Aguilar, Baltimore Sun, 5 July 2024 Climate Central reported that this week’s local temperatures were made five times more likely by climate change, based on an estimate that compared current temperatures to a hypothetical atmosphere without fossil fuels. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for fossil fuel 

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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 14 Jul. 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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