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Meaning of fuel

fu•el

Pronunciation: (fy'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling.
—n.
  1. combustible matter used to maintain fire, as coal, wood, oil, or gas, in order to create heat or power.
  2. something that gives nourishment; food.
  3. an energy source for engines, power plants, or reactors: Kerosene is used as jet engine fuel.
  4. something that sustains or encourages; stimulant: Our discussion provided him with fuel for debate.
—v.t.
  1. to supply with fuel.
—v.i.
  1. to obtain or replenish fuel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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