What does fuel mean?

Definitions for fuel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fuel(verb)

    a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

    "more fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"

  2. fuel(verb)

    provide with a combustible substance that provides energy

    "fuel aircraft, ships, and cars"

  3. fuel, fire(verb)

    provide with fuel

    "Oil fires the furnace"

  4. fuel(verb)

    take in fuel, as of a ship

    "The tanker fueled in Bahrain"

  5. fuel(verb)


    "fuel the debate on creationism"


  1. fuel(Noun)

    Substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction.

  2. fuel(Noun)

    Substance that provides nourishment for a living organism; food.

  3. fuel(Noun)

    Something that stimulates, encourages or maintains an action.

  4. fuel(Verb)

    to provide fuel

  5. fuel(Verb)

    to exacerbate, to cause to grow or become greater

  6. Origin: : feuaile, from feu

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fuel(noun)

    any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds fire; combustible matter used for fires, as wood, coal, peat, etc

  2. Fuel(noun)

    anything that serves to feed or increase passion or excitement

  3. Fuel(verb)

    to feed with fuel

  4. Fuel(verb)

    to store or furnish with fuel or firing

  5. Origin: [OF. fouail, fuail, or fouaille, fuaille, LL. focalium, focale, fr. L. focus hearth, fireplace, in LL., fire. See Focus.]


  1. Fuel

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fuel

    fū′el, n. anything that feeds a fire, supplies energy, &c.—v.t. (arch.) to furnish with fuel.—adj. Fū′elled, furnished with fuel.—n. Fū′eller, one who, or that which, supplies fuel for fires. [O. Fr. fowaille—L. focale—L. focus, a fireplace.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2522

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2874

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fuel' in Nouns Frequency: #981


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fuel in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fuel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Mitchell:

    It added a match to fuel that was already there.

  2. Mary Astor:

    Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel.

  3. Kenji Miyazawa:

    We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

  4. Emmanuel Reuben:

    That's not even enough to fuel the boat I use for fishing.

  5. Michael Derchin:

    They're going to start to see the full benefits of lower fuel.

Images & Illustrations of fuel

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