fuel

I UK [ˈfjuːəl] / US [ˈfjuəl] noun
Word forms "fuel":
singular fuel plural fuels
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1) [countable/uncountable] a substance such as oil, gas, coal, or wood that produces heat or power when it is burned. Coal and wood are sometimes called solid fuel

Drivers are being encouraged to save fuel.

a shortage of food and fuel

a) [uncountable] petrol or diesel used in vehicles

The stolen car was abandoned when it ran out of fuel.

a car that runs on unleaded fuel

b) [only before noun] used as fuel, or relating to fuel

fuel oil

fuel consumption

fuel tank/pump/gauge

2) [uncountable] mainly journalism something that someone can use to support their argument
fuel to/for:

Their support gives fuel to the criticism that the government is moving to the right.

add fuel to something (= make people argue more):

Reports from Manila only added fuel to the controversy.


II UK [ˈfjuːəl] / US [ˈfjuəl] verb
Word forms "fuel":
present tense I/you/we/they fuel he/she/it fuels present participle fuelling past tense fuelled past participle fuelled
1) [transitive] mainly journalism to make something increase or become worse, especially something unpleasant

Graf's back problem fuelled speculation that she might soon retire.

People's fear of crime is fuelled by sensationalist reports.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of fuel
▪  criticism, debate, expectations, fears, rumours, speculation, worries
2)
a) fuel or fuel up
[intransitive/transitive] to put petrol into a vehicle or aircraft
b) [intransitive] if a vehicle fuels or fuels up, it is filled with petrol

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • fuel — [ fjul ] n. m. • 1944; fuel oil 1921; mot angl. « huile combustible » ♦ Anglic. Mazout. ⇒ fioul. ● fuel ou fuel oil nom masculin (anglais fuel, combustible, et oil, huile) Combustible liquide, brun foncé ou noir, plus ou moins visqueux, provenant …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Fuel — Fu el, n. [OF. fouail, fuail, or fouaille, fuaille, LL. focalium, focale, fr. L. focus hearth, fireplace, in LL., fire. See {Focus}.] [Formerly written also {fewel.}] 1. Any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds fire;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fuel — Fu el, v. t. 1. To feed with fuel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Never, alas I the dreadful name, That fuels the infernal flame. Cowley. [1913 Webster] 2. To store or furnish with fuel or firing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Well watered and well fueled. Sir H …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fuel — (englisch für Treibstoff) bezeichnet: Fuel (Computerspiel), ein Computerspiel Fuel (Band), eine US amerikanische Band ein Lied von Metallica auf dem Album ReLoad (Metallica) ein Album von Raised Fist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • fuel — s. m. 1. Combustível líquido marrom escuro ou preto, mais ou menos viscoso, proveniente da destilação do petróleo bruto. 2. fuel doméstico: gasóleo de aquecimento, de cor vermelha para se distinguir do carburante. = MAZUTE • Sinônimo geral: FUEL… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • fuel — o fuel oil (del inglés) sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Combustible que procede del refinado y destilación del petróleo: El fuel se utiliza, sobre todo, como combustible para la cale facción …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • fuel — [fyo͞o′əl, fyo͞ol] n. [ME fewell < OFr fouaille < ML fuale, focale < foca, hearth, for L focus, fireplace: see FOCUS] 1. any material, as coal, oil, gas, wood, etc., burned to supply heat or power 2. fissile material from which nuclear… …   English World dictionary

  • fuel up — [phrasal verb] : to put fuel into a car, airplane, etc. They fueled up for their long journey home. • • • Main Entry: ↑fuel …   Useful english dictionary

  • fuel — [n] something providing energy ammunition, combustible, electricity, encouragement, food, gas, incitement, juice, material, means, nourishment, propellant, provocation; concepts 467,520,523,661 fuel [v] give energy to charge, fan, feed, fill ‘er… …   New thesaurus

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