fuel oil

noun

Definition of fuel oil

: an oil that is used for fuel and that usually has a higher flash point than kerosene

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Distillates account for about 47 percent of the energy giant’s total fuels output, while high-sulfur fuel oil comprises about 3 percent, according to BP. Bloomberg.com, "Some Oil Refineries Are Getting a License to Print Money," 29 Mar. 2018 If spilled, heavy fuel oil would remain for long periods and could spread widely if entrained in moving ice. Anchorage Daily News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 16, 2018," 16 Jan. 2018 Distillates are used to make diesel and some fuel oils and heating oils. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. crude stocks take big dip," 11 July 2018 The dirty secret about ships Ships are very fuel-efficient in terms of transporting cargo, but the heavy fuel oil (HFO) used by 80 percent of the world’s shipping fleet is nasty stuff. Jessica F. Green, Washington Post, "Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.," 17 Apr. 2018 According to most estimates, there's nearly half a million gallons of thick, bunker C fuel oil still trapped in the rusting ship. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 The collision caused industrial oil to leak, classified as oil #3, a type of fuel oil that isn’t used much anymore. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 North Korea’s Chon Ma San made four deliveries in April and June, delivering up to 74,000 barrels of fuel oil into the country’s Nampo port weeks after the U.N. blacklisted it, according to U.S. intelligence reports reviewed by the Journal. Tom Wright, WSJ, "New Doubts Emerge About U.S.-Led Sanctions on North Korea," 16 Sep. 2018 Between 1995 and 2003, the United States spent about $500 million supplying the fuel oil that was required under the deal. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s claims about the North Korea deal," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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