What is fuel?

  • (verb): Take in fuel, as of a ship.
    Example: "The tanker fueled in Bahrain"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Fuel is any material that stores energy that can later be extracted to perform mechanical work in a controlled manner. Most fuels used by humans undergo combustion, a redox reaction in which a combustible substance releases energy after it ignites and reacts with the oxygen in the air. Other processes used to convert fuel into energy include various other exothermic chemical reactions and nuclear reactions, such as nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Fuels are also used in the cells of organisms in a process known as cellular respiration, where organic molecules are oxidized to release usable energy. Hydrocarbons are by far the most common source of fuel used by humans, but other substances, including radioactive metals, are also utilized.

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English Electric Lightning - Design - Overview
... was tightly packed, leaving no room for fuel tankage or main landing gear ... delta wing, each wing contained a fairly conventional three-section main fuel tank and leading-edge tank, holding 312 imp gal (1,420 l) the wing flap also contained a 33 imp gal (150 l) fuel tank and an ... was sandwiched outboard of the main tanks and aft of the leading edge tanks, with the flap fuel tanks behind ...
Fuel (band)
... Fuel is an American rock band formed by guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie in 1989 ... Originally known as Small the Joy, they changed the group's name to Fuel sometime in 1994 ...
Zip Fuel - Description
... The ultimate fuel from a mass-to-performance perspective is hydrogen ... be rendered into the easily burnable hydrocarbon fuels ... even higher energy content than carbon, but do not mix well to form a stable fuel that can be easily burned ...
Delta-v - Orbital Maneuvers
... During the burn the mass of the spacecraft will decrease due to use of fuel, the time derivative of the mass being (3) If now the direction of the force, i.e ... to be a constant not depending on the amount of fuel left this relation is integrated to (6) which is the well known "rocket equation" If for example 20% of the launch mass is fuel giving a ... If is a non-constant function of the amount of fuel left the capacity of the reaction control system is computed by the integral (5) ...
Zlín Z 37 - Specifications (Z-37A)
... still air Landing run less than 100 metres in still air Fuel Capacity 250 litres Fuel Grade Not less than 73 Octane (Unleaded 95 usually used) Fuel Consumption 52 litres per ...

More definitions of "fuel":

  • (verb): Provide with fuel.
    Synonyms: fire
  • (verb): Stimulate.
    Example: "Fuel the debate on creationism"
  • (verb): Provide with a combustible substance that provides emergy.
    Example: "Fuel aircraft, ships, and cars"
  • (noun): A substance that can be consumed to produce energy.
    Example: "More fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"

Famous quotes containing the word fuel:

    Beware the/easy griefs, that fool and fuel nothing./It is too easy to cry “AFRIKA!”/and shock thy street,/and purse thy mouth,/and go home to thy “Gunsmoke,” to/thy “Gilligan’s Island” and the NFL.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    I had an old axe which nobody claimed, with which by spells in winter days, on the sunny side of the house, I played about the stumps which I had got out of my bean-field. As my driver prophesied when I was plowing, they warmed me twice,—once while I was splitting them, and again when they were on the fire, so that no fuel could give out more heat. As for the axe,... if it was dull, it was at least hung true.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The particular source of frustration of women observing their own self-study and measuring their worth as women by the distance they kept from men necessitated that a distance be kept, and so what vindicated them also poured fuel on the furnace of their rage. One delight presumed another dissatisfaction, but their hatefulness confessed to their own lack of power to please. They hated men because they needed husbands, and they loathed the men they chased away for going.
    Alexander Theroux (b. 1940)