- combustible matter used to maintain fire, as coal, wood, oil, or gas, in order to create heat or power.
- something that gives nourishment; food.
- an energy source for engines, power plants, or reactors: Kerosene is used as jet engine fuel.
- something that sustains or encourages; stimulant: Our discussion provided him with fuel for debate.
- to supply with fuel.
- to obtain or replenish fuel.
Origin of fuel
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Examples from the Web for fuelled
Tensions have been fuelled by the civil war next door in Syria.Assad Blamed For Beirut Car Bomb Assassination Of Lebanese Politician
December 28, 2013
The ethnic categories of Hutu and Tutsi that fuelled division and ultimately genocide have been banned.Exchanging Stories of Trauma
August 19, 2013
That thought remained with him for years and fuelled his determination to show what it was like on “the other side.”The Last Vietnam War Epic
John Douglas Marshall
April 8, 2010
The modern day lens on Venice, though, is the Bellini fuelled art world circus that is the Biennale.Geoff in Jaipur
January 23, 2010
On the contrary, all vessels of the British Fleet must be kept fully supplied and fuelled at all times for extended cruising.The Victory At Sea
William Sowden Sims
- any substance burned as a source of heat or power, such as coal or petrol
- 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
- something that nourishes or builds up emotion, action, etc
- to supply with or receive fuel
Word Origin and History for fuelled
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.
- A substance that produces useful energy when it undergoes a chemical or nuclear reaction. Fuel such as coal, wood, oil, or gas provides energy when burned. Compounds in the body such as glucose are broken down into simpler compounds to provide energy for metabolic processes. Some radioactive substances, such as plutonium and tritium, provide energy by undergoing nuclear fission or fusion.
Idioms and Phrases with fuelled
see add fuel to the fire.