fuel oil


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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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 Following a wind storm on Feb. 23, the building collapsed, resulting in nearly 3,000 gallons of bunker C fuel oil spilling from the bladder onto the beach and surrounding area. Author: Alistair Gardiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Man under investigation for Shuyak Island oil spill says Coast Guard told him to store fuel that way," 3 May 2018 Until fairly recently, the conventional wisdom was that highly efficient natural gas furnaces were the environmentally preferable option, given that electrical appliances often draw on coal-heavy grid power (and fuel oil is just filthy). David Roberts, Vox, "Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify.," 2 July 2018 In the May inflation report, Statistics Canada said higher prices for gasoline, which rose 22.9%, and for fuel oil and other fuels, up 22.2%, were major contributors to the 12-month change in the consumer-price index. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Annual Inflation Falls Short Of Expectations In May," 22 June 2018 The big reduction was offset only partially by distillate fuel oil stocks rising by 4.1 million barrels. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. crude stocks take big dip," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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