verb (used with object), fu·eled, fu·el·ing or (especially British) fu·elled, fu·el·ling.
verb (used without object), fu·eled, fu·el·ing or (especially British) fu·elled, fu·el·ling.
Origin of fuel
Synonyms for fuel
Related Words for fuelelectricity, food, material, gas, ammunition, feed, inflame, incite, sustain, incitement, provocation, means, combustible, nourishment, encouragement, juice, propellant, nourish, service, supply
Examples from the Web for fuel
Contemporary Examples of fuel
As they passed the runway, bullets shot up from the tall grass, puncturing a fuel tank.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
It was an old, rusted AMC Pacer that was missing, among other things, a fuel door.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
You use fuel to give you the proper velocity and direction, and then you turn off your fuel tanks and coast there.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
Early this year a test flight proved that the fuel being used for the rocket would never meet that goal.
Then a critical change was ordered—a fuel using a new formula that was thought to be more stable and deliver more power.
Historical Examples of fuel
Yates gathered some fuel, and managed to coax the dying embers into a blaze.In the Midst of Alarms
Fuel consumption is a prime factor in the production of engine power.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Every once in a while women threw armfuls of fuel on the blaze.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The fuel for the mission house is brought from the South by the steamer.The Long Labrador Trail
The fuel must be power-charged to safely handle the weight and time quotients.The Big Tomorrow
- the material, containing a fissile substance, such as uranium-235, that produces energy in a nuclear reactor
- a substance that releases energy in a fusion reactor
verb fuels, fuelling or fuelled or US fuels, fueling or fueled
Word Origin for fuel
early 14c., from Old French foaile "bundle of firewood," from Vulgar Latin legal term *focalia "right to demand material for making fire," neuter plural of Latin focalis "pertaining to a hearth," from focus "hearth" (see focus). Figurative use from 1570s.
1590s, from fuel (n.). Related: Fueled; fueling.
see add fuel to the fire.