Definitions for fuel
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word fuel
a substance that can be consumed to produce energy
"more fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"
provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
"fuel aircraft, ships, and cars"
provide with fuel
"Oil fires the furnace"
take in fuel, as of a ship
"The tanker fueled in Bahrain"
"fuel the debate on creationism"
Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction.
Substance that provides nourishment for a living organism; food.
Something that stimulates, encourages or maintains an action.
to provide fuel
to exacerbate, to cause to grow or become greater
Origin: : feuaile, from feu
any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds fire; combustible matter used for fires, as wood, coal, peat, etc
anything that serves to feed or increase passion or excitement
to feed with fuel
to store or furnish with fuel or firing
Origin: [OF. fouail, fuail, or fouaille, fuaille, LL. focalium, focale, fr. L. focus hearth, fireplace, in LL., fire. See Focus.]
Fuels are any materials that store potential energy in forms that can be practicably released and used as heat energy. The concept originally applied solely to those materials storing energy in the form of chemical energy that could be released through combustion, but the concept has since been also applied to other sources of heat energy such as nuclear energy, as well as releases of chemical energy released through non-combustion oxidation. The heat energy released by many fuels is harnessed into mechanical energy via an engine. Other times the heat itself is valued for warmth, cooking, or industrial processes, as well as the illumination that comes with combustion. Fuels are also used in the cells of organisms in a process known as cellular respiration, where organic molecules are oxidized to release un-usable energy. Hydrocarbons are by far the most common source of fuel used by humans, but other substances, including radioactive metals, are also utilized. Fuels are contrasted with other methods of storing potential energy, such as those that directly release electrical energy or mechanical energy.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2522
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2874
Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Nouns Frequency: #981
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
That's not even enough to fuel the boat I use for fishing.
They're going to start to see the full benefits of lower fuel.
Lorry-makers have made no progress on fuel economy in 20 years.
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Translations for fuel
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- combustible, carburantCatalan, Valencian
- schüren, betanken, Brennstoff, Treibstoff, anheizenGerman
- καύσιμο, τροφήGreek
- käyttövoima, polttoaine, tankata, ravinto, täyttää polttoaineellaFinnish
- combustible, attiser, carburant, alimenterFrench
- connadhScottish Gaelic
- bahan bakarIndonesian
- 연료, 燃料Korean
- гориво, огревMacedonian
- tanken, brandstofDutch
- paliwo, tankowaćPolish
- combustibil, carburantRomanian
- топливо, горючееRussian
- palivo, огрев, паливо, ogrev, гориво, toplivo, gorivo, топливоSerbo-Croatian
- palivo, tankovaťSlovak
- pampasiklab, panggatongTagalog
- nhiên liệu, 燃料Vietnamese
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