fuel oil


Definition of fuel oil

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

Examples of fuel oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog and poured 58,000 gallons of fuel oil into the bay, killing more than 6,800 birds. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Further increases could support switching from gas to fuel oil in power generation, but only where such switching is still available. David Blackmon, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 The increase in shipping emissions comes just as the world faces a natural gas shortage that’s forcing electricity producers around the world to use more dirty coal and even fuel oil. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Most notably, fuel oil trader Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd. collapsed in April amid allegations of fraud, leaving 23 banks on the hook for $3.5 billion. Jack Farchy, Bloomberg.com, 22 Aug. 2020 In New England, most homes are heated with fuel oil or natural gas, and gas or propane is used widely for cooking. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 31 July 2021 The resulting fuel is carbon-neutral (traditional biofuels for ships, by comparison, emit about 70% less carbon than traditional heavy fuel oil). Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2021 The Osceola plant also has onsite a backup supply of fuel oil, able to power the generators for as many as seven days. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The plant also reduces the distillery’s fuel oil demand by 15% by creating biogas and returning copper-rich fertilizer to the barley fields of Ross-shire. John Mariani, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fuel oil was in 1893

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12 Oct 2021

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“Fuel oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuel%20oil. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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