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fuel oil

an oil used for fuel, especially one used as a substitute for coal, as crude petroleum. Unabridged
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  • No fuel oil ignited and, apparently, no ammunition exploded.

  • Using Russian fuel oil, which can be obtained in bulk in London at 3d.

  • fuel oil, gasoline, lubricating oil—for these three essentials are there no practical substitutes or other adequate sources?

  • fuel oil can be largely supplanted by coal, but for the internal-combustion engine there is no quantitative substitute.

  • Plexiskins of fluid which might be anything from wine to fuel oil in less than bulk-cargo quantities.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • fuel oil for the engines, and even lubricating oil, could be sent from the tender to the submarine in a very simple manner.

  • Another feature is harmonizing the fuel oil and the lubricating oil so that one will not counteract the effects of the other.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • In 1916, many plants shifted from coal to fuel oil, because of the inability of the railroads to deliver coal.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • Already the supply of crude petroleum is hard pressed by the demand for fuel oil.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
British Dictionary definitions for fuel oil

fuel oil

a liquid petroleum product having a flash point above 37.8°C: used as a substitute for coal in industrial furnaces, domestic heaters, ships, and locomotives
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