fuel

fu|el1 W2S2 [ˈfju:əl] n
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: fouaille, from feu 'fire', from Latin focus; FOCUS1]
[U and C]
a substance such as coal, gas, or oil that can be burned to produce heat or energy
The plane was running low on fuel.
Coal is one of the cheapest fuels.
the car's performance and fuel consumption (=how much fuel it uses to travel a particular distance)
an empty fuel tank
add fuel to the fire/flames atadd
fuel 2
fuel2 v past tense and past participle fuelled present participle fuelling BrE past tense and past participle fueled present participle fueling AmE
1.) [T]
to make something, especially something bad, increase or become stronger
His words fuelled her anger still more.
fuel speculation/rumours/controversy etc
Progress was slow, fueling concerns that the stadium would not be finished on time.
2.) also fuel up [I and T]
if you fuel a vehicle or if it fuels up, fuel is put into it
We'd better fuel up at the next town.
The van was fuelled and waiting in the basement car park.

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