fuel

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See also: fül

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English fewell, from Old French fouaille, feuaille, from feu (fire). Cognate with Spanish fuego (fire).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfjuːəl/, /ˈfjʊəl/, /ˈfjuːl/
    • (US) IPA(key): [ˈfjuwəɫ] (some speakers)
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊəl

Noun[edit]

fuel (countable and uncountable, plural fuels)

  1. Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in 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!
    • 2006 June 15, “Ammunition: the fuel of conflict”, in Oxfam International[2]:
      Small arms ammunition is the fuel that keeps many of the world’s conflicts raging.

Derived terms[edit]

Terms derived from fuel

Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To provide with fuel.
    • 1959 May, “Talking of Trains: By diesel m.u. to Moorgate”, in Trains Illustrated, page 235:
      The workings now employ ten twin-units, which are fuelled at Hornsey but return to Cambridge diesel depot for their weekly maintenance; [...].
  2. To exacerbate, to cause to grow or become greater.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Fuelled and fuelling are British, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian spellings. Fueled and fueling are U.S. spellings and common in Canada.

Translations[edit]

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Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English fuel.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fuel m (plural fuels)

  1. Alternative form of fioul

Further reading[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

fuel

  1. Alternative form of fewell

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

fuel m (plural fueles)

  1. fuel oil