• WordNet 3.6
    • v fuel stimulate "fuel the debate on creationism"
    • v fuel take in fuel, as of a ship "The tanker fueled in Bahrain"
    • v fuel provide with a combustible substance that provides energy "fuel aircraft, ships, and cars"
    • v fuel provide with fuel "Oil fires the furnace"
    • n fuel a substance that can be consumed to produce energy "more fuel is needed during the winter months","they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The candlefish is so oily that it was once burned for fuel
    • Fuel Any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds fire; combustible matter used for fires, as wood, coal, peat, etc.
    • Fuel Anything that serves to feed or increase passion or excitement.
    • Fuel To feed with fuel. "Never, alas I the dreadful name,
      That fuels the infernal flame."
    • Fuel To store or furnish with fuel or firing. "Well watered and well fueled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
    • n fuel Any matter which serves by combustion for the production of fire; combustible matter, as wood, coal, peat, oil, etc.
    • n fuel Figuratively, anything that serves to feed or increase something conceived as analogous to flame, as passion or emotional excitement.
    • fuel To feed or furnish with fuel or combustible matter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
    • n Fuel fū′el anything that feeds a fire, supplies energy, &c
    • v.t Fuel (arch.) to furnish with fuel
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.”
  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”


Add fuel to the fire - If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. fouail, fuail, or fouaille, fuaille, LL. focalium, focale, fr. L. focus, hearth, fireplace, in LL., fire. See Focus


In literature:

The use of such pumping engines implies a constant expense for fuel, operation, maintenance, and repairs.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
There was no fear of their running short in the staple article of fuel.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Similarly with land haulage the economy of fuel has made immense reductions in cost.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
And it so happens this boat has no fuel.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
So through these it rushes, raising the fuel to white heat.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
It had got low, and the girl, attempting to revive it, had smothered it with too much fuel.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
So the buried resentment in Pan's depths smoldered and burst into blaze again, and found fuel to burn it into hate.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
With the fuel we are using, we could easily do it, provided a sufficient supply were available.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
We have two months' fuel left, and that is more than we shall need for next winter.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
The hydrogen gages showed a full supply of fuel.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl

In poetry:

Old sap, or night-fallen dew, makes damp the fuel;
In vain my breath would flame provoke;
Yet see—at every poor attempt's renewal
To thee ascends the smoke!
"Smoke" by George MacDonald
For wicked folks, therein, the good excel,
And are more proper Satan's fold to rear,
And be the fuel of an endless hell,
Than in the church of Jesus to appear.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Nor leave behind thy fears and holy shames,
Thy sorrows on the horizon hanging low—
Gray gathered fuel for the sunset-flames
When joyous in death's harvest-home we go.
"The New Year" by George MacDonald
He that loves a rosy cheek
Or coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
Fuel to maintain his fires ;
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.
"The True Beauty" by Thomas Carew
He that loves a rosy cheek, Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
Fuel to maintain his fires;
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.
"Disdain Returned" by Thomas Carew
IF her disdain least change in you can move,
You do not love,
For when that hope gives fuel to the fire,
You sell desire.
Love is not love, but given free ;
And so is mine ; so should yours be.
"A dialogue between Sir Henry Wootton and Mr. Donne" by John Donne

In news:

"It seems like it doesn`t burn as hot as regular fuel and it seems like when it comes to fuel economy, it is a little cheaper," said Minot resident Jeff Stebleton.
Michael B Lalor, commander of the 710th Brigade Support Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said about 20 soldiers were sent to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, with five fueling trucks, each carrying about 2,500 gallons of fuel .
The Department of Defense will also be setting up mobile fuel stations around the New York metro area to distribute gasoline, with a 10-gallon, per-person limit but the fuel will be free.
The first question, of course, is the type of fuel to use CNG is a more effective fuel for regional operations while LNG is more appropriate for longer hauls.
Regardless of the fuel choice, many of the considerations are similar with only the storage and delivery system of the fuel differing.
LET has 33 vehicles that will be converted to use biodiesel fuel , according to the agency MCRC has more than 125 pieces of equipment that use diesel fuel or gasoline to operate.
"The new fueling station will save on fuel costs," said Mark Jagodzinski, general manager of Lake Erie Transit (LET), in a news release.
"The new fueling station will save on fuel costs," said Mark Jagodzinski, GM, LET.
Gas stations in Keyport, North Plainfield, Trenton, Manasquan, Scotch Plains and Lawrenceville received 104.7-octane fuel, compared to the 93-octane fuel, which is used in super unleaded gasoline , according to a news release.
Gel fuel manufacturers objected to the release of this Consumer Product Safety Commission video showing how gel fuel can set someone on fire USA TODAY obtained it through a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Glover Park Group is repping the Fuels America coalition, which is fighting calls to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Fuel Filters and Tune-Up Kits with Fuel Filters made by Kawasaki Motors Corp USA of Grand Rapids, Mich. And sold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide between August 2011 and August 2012.
This undated photograph shows a hose and funnels taped together, an apparent attempt to siphon fuel from a fuel tank under a porch in Douglas.
The process known as fuel hedging can provide school bus operations with predictability for their fuel budgets, according to a presentation here at the annual state directors conference.
FAIRBANKS — "It's going to be worse this year," Polar Fuel owner Mervin Gilbertson told a Senate energy hearing on Monday about the cost of heating fuel in Fairbanks for the upcoming winter.

In science:

We will now discuss some of the landmark developments in the understanding of how nuclear mass is used as the fuel for stars.
How the sun shines
In addition, a two pole flux anistropy suggests that the nuclear fuel is likely pooled by some mechanism, perhaps associated with the magnetic field of the star.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
In this scenario, mergers of dust and gas-rich galaxies provide the fuel to create and/or fuel an AGN and circumnuclear starburst.
Imaging of a Complete Sample of IR-Excess PG QSOs
Then we took up the issue of random numbers that fuel the Monte Carlo machine.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
This explains why it is meaningful to compare the radiological effect of the conventional-weapon’s use of a relatively harmless nuclear material such as U-238 to the nuclear-weapon’s use of the most important thermonuclear fuel: tritium.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons