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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Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Wildfire safety tips," 12 Aug. 2019 Total petroleum stocks only fell by 3.1 million barrels because of a buildup in distillate fuel oils used to make diesel and heating oils. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil prices fall despite crude inventories dip," 11 Sep. 2019 The power company is required by contract and environmental regulation to only buy high-grade fuel oil, the board said. Washington Post, "Lawsuit targets alleged Puerto Rico power company corruption," 30 June 2019 The legislation envisions converting heating and cooling systems that rely on natural gas and fuel oil to electricity (Greenwire, April 19). Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "New York Has a Climate Plan—Now It Has to Follow Through," 29 July 2019 Northeast winters are tough One big source of emissions in both California and New York is the natural gas and fuel oil that gets burned in homes and offices for heat and hot water. SFChronicle.com, "California, New York racing to cut emissions, but each faces major obstacles," 9 July 2019 Northeast winters are tough One big source of emissions in both California and New York is the natural gas and fuel oil that gets burned in homes and offices for heat and hot water. New York Times, "It’s New York vs. California in a New Climate Race. Who Will Win?," 8 July 2019 It was documented as loading fuel oil in the Iraqi port of Basra in December, though Basra did not list it as being in port and its tracking system was switched off. NBC News, "Britain seizes tanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria, which could exacerbate Iran tensions," 4 July 2019 The power company is required to buy only high-grade fuel oil, the board said. Danica Coto, SFChronicle.com, "Puerto Rico oversight board accuses oil companies of fraud," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2019

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The first known use of fuel oil was in 1893

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