fuel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French fouaille, from feu (fire).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fuel (plural fuels)

  1. Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.
  2. Substance that provides nourishment for a living organism; food.
  3. (figuratively) Something that stimulates, encourages or maintains an action.
    His books were fuel for the revolution.
    Money is the fuel for economy.
    That film was nightmare fuel!

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Verb[edit]

fuel (third-person singular simple present fuels, present participle fueling, simple past and past participle fueled) fuel (third-person singular simple present fuels, present participle fuelling, simple past and past participle fuelled)

  1. to provide fuel
  2. to exacerbate, to cause to grow or become greater

Usage notes[edit]

  • fuelled and fuelling are mainly Australian, New Zealand, and British spellings.
  • fueled and fueling are mainly US spellings.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

fuel m (plural fuels)

  1. heating oil

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