fuel

noun, often attributive
fu·​el | \ ˈfyü(-ə)l How to pronounce fuel (audio) \

Definition of fuel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a material used to produce heat or power by burning
b : nutritive material
c : a material from which atomic energy can be liberated especially in a reactor
2 : a source of sustenance or incentive : reinforcement

fuel

verb
fueled or fuelled; fueling or fuelling

Definition of fuel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with fuel
2 : support, stimulate movement is fueled by massive grants-in-aid— Allen Schick

intransitive verb

: to take in fuel often used with up

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Synonyms for fuel

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of fuel in a Sentence

Noun I had the fuel pump replaced on my car. These latest scandals will provide further fuel for his political opponents. These latest accusations will only add fuel to the controversy. The controversy continues to rage, and these latest accusations will only add fuel to the fire. Verb The airplanes were fueled in midair. The criticism she has faced has only fueled her determination to succeed. Inflation was fueled by high prices. The strong economy has fueled the construction of new homes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The impact on the airlines has grown as the grounding has lingered because each of the airlines planned to add more of the fuel-efficient planes to their fleets throughout the year. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Southwest, American, United: No Boeing 737 Max flights until March even if plane returns sooner," 15 Nov. 2019 The new 500X Sport builds on its classic Italian design with a youthful, sporty appearance that offers even more customized features on top of an advanced, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine. Houston Chronicle, "New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model announced for North American market," 15 Nov. 2019 But Gaido's plane was damaged in the attack, probably ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Battle of Midway hero played by Nick Jonas in new film was Milwaukee man," 14 Nov. 2019 Lighter, more fuel-efficient, technologically improved aircraft make such flights possible, but the human passengers remain physiologically the same. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "He was dreading his 13-hour flight. So he asked experts for some tips.," 6 Nov. 2019 That would allow it to be certified as a variant of an earlier model, and be inducted by airlines with little additional training at a time when Boeing was trying to play catch-up (Quartz member exclusive) with Airbus’s more fuel-efficient A320neo. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "In the age of automation, the “human error” that dooms a plane isn’t confined to the cockpit," 28 Oct. 2019 Though planes are much more fuel-efficient than a few decades ago, KLM is looking to push the envelope of sustainable tech. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Here’s What Air Travel Will Look Like in 100 Years—According to KLM," 11 Oct. 2019 Mazda, on the other hand, is focused on making its ICEs more fuel-efficient and has not announced plans for hybrids. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "SUV smackdown: Comparing a Nissan Rogue, Jeep Cherokee, and Mazda CX-5," 5 Oct. 2019 Virgin is switching over to carbon-fiber planes, which are lighter and more fuel-efficient and can reduce the carbon footprint of a flight by 30%. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Create things you can be proud of, billionaire Richard Branson tells Denver audience," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rasgon is concerned that the Scientific Reports paper has fueled unfounded suspicions about GM organisms. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash," 17 Sep. 2019 That poor data fueled speculation that Chinese authorities would take more steps to stimulate the economy, including a potential loan rate cut Tuesday. Laura He, CNN, "Oil prices are pulling back a little but investors remain wary," 17 Sep. 2019 Only now, what’s left is a family with incompetent heirs fueled not by faith, but by power. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 The company’s rapid rise to the top of the multibillion-dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by accusations from parents, politicians and public health advocates that Juul fueled a vaping craze among high schoolers. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 The company's rapid rise to the top of the multi-billion dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by accusations from parents, politicians and public health advocates that Juul fueled a vaping craze among high schoolers. CBS News, "Probes of e-cigarette giant Juul underway in Illinois and Washington, D.C.," 30 Aug. 2019 Their suit says animal welfare organizations have made unfounded claims that pet stores are fueling the growth of puppy mills. Michael Kunzelman, chicagotribune.com, "Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales," 30 Aug. 2019 Their suit says animal welfare organizations have made unfounded claims that pet stores are fueling the growth of puppy mills. BostonGlobe.com, "At G7 conference, Trump scoffs at wind power’s future," 27 Aug. 2019 Their suit says animal welfare organizations have made unfounded claims that pet stores are fueling the growth of puppy mills. Michael Kunzelman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fuel

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fuel

Noun

Middle English fewel, from Anglo-French fuail, feuaile, from Vulgar Latin *focalia, from Latin focus hearth

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20 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for fuel

The first known use of fuel was in the 13th century

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fuel

noun
How to pronounce fuel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fuel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a material (such as coal, oil, or gas) that is burned to produce heat or power
: something that gives support or strength to something (such as argument or angry feelings)

fuel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fuel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply (something) with fuel
: to take in fuel
: to give support or strength to (something)

fuel

noun
fu·​el | \ ˈfyü-əl How to pronounce fuel (audio) \

Kids Definition of fuel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance (as oil or gasoline) that can be burned to produce heat or power

fuel

verb
fueled or fuelled; fueling or fuelling

Kids Definition of fuel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply with or take on fuel

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