fuel oil

noun

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 meeting was convened, to among other things, discuss two legal reports -- one of which dealt with the conduct of Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer, and the other with a multi-billion rand fuel oil supply contract. Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg.com, "Eskom Board No-Show, Uninvited Minister Turn Meeting Into Farce," 28 Aug. 2020 This, together with widespread nausea and vomiting, led doctors to think the cause might be poisonous fumes, possibly from the fuel oil and explosives. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a chemical weapons disaster in World War II led to a U.S. cover-up—and a new cancer treatment," 18 Aug. 2020 With at least 1,000 tons of fuel oil estimated to have already emptied into the lagoon, two ships moved alongside to transfer off remaining fuel in a race against time as the vessel threatened to shear into two. Adam Moolna, Quartz Africa, "Mauritius is reeling from a devastating oil spill and fears of an ecological disaster," 12 Aug. 2020 Left unchecked, ammonium nitrate can be contaminated by industrial elements such as fuel oil. USA Today, "Massive explosion rocks Beirut: Before and after images show extensive damage," 6 Aug. 2020 Ammonium nitrate has often been combined with fuel oil to create an explosive that's used in mining and construction, and it has been used as an oxidizer for rocket engines. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "What we know about the massive chemical explosion in Beirut," 5 Aug. 2020 It's valued as fertilizer in farming for its nitrogen content and is used to make ANFO – ammonium nitrate/fuel oil – an explosive in mining and construction operations. USA Today, "Massive explosion rocks Beirut: Before and after images show extensive damage," 6 Aug. 2020 It was used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, when a truck bomb containing 2,180 kilograms (4,800 pounds) of fertilizer and fuel oil ripped through a federal building, killing 168 people and wounding hundreds more. Author: Bassem Mroue, Zeina Karam, Anchorage Daily News, "Beirut confronts devastation after massive explosion kills at least 100, injures thousands," 5 Aug. 2020 It was used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, when a truck bomb containing 2,180 kilograms (4,800 pounds) of fertilizer and fuel oil ripped through a federal building, killing 168 people and wounding hundreds more. Bassem Mroue And Zeina Karam, Star Tribune, "Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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5 Sep 2020

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“Fuel oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuel%20oil. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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