refuel

[ ree-fyoo-uh l ]
/ riˈfyu əl /

verb (used with object), re·fu·eled, re·fu·el·ing or (especially British) re·fu·elled, re·fu·el·ling.

to supply again with fuel: to refuel an airplane.

verb (used without object), re·fu·eled, re·fu·el·ing or (especially British) re·fu·elled, re·fu·el·ling.

to take on a fresh supply of fuel: The plane refueled at Paris and flew on.

Nearby words

  1. refringent,
  2. refry,
  3. refsum's disease,
  4. reft,
  5. refudiate,
  6. refuge,
  7. refugee,
  8. refugee capital,
  9. refugees,
  10. refugium

Origin of refuel

First recorded in 1805–15; re- + fuel

Related formsre·fu·el·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·fu·el·ing, adjectivenon·re·fu·el·ling, adjectiveun·re·fueled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for refuelling

refuel

/ (riːˈfjuːəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to supply or be supplied with fresh fuel
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Word Origin and History for refuelling

refuel

v.

also re-fuel, 1811, from re- "again" + fuel (v.). Originally in a spiritual sense. Related: Refueled; refuelling.

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