fuel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French fouaille, from feu ‎(fire).

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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 or fuelling, simple past and past participle fueled or fuelled)

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • Fuelled and fuelling are British, Australian, and New Zealand spellings. Fueled and fueling are 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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