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automobile a vehicle with four wheels that is powered by a motor that uses gasoline or other fuel; car. An automobile is used on roads to carry people.
burn out to stop functioning because of a technical mistake or lack of fuel. [1/2 definitions]
coal a hard black or dark brown substance that is found in the earth and burned as fuel. [1/2 definitions]
coke the carbon substance that is left after coal has been heated without air. Coke is used as a fuel for doing certain kinds of work in a factory.
cord an amount of wood cut for fuel that equals 128 cubic feet. A cord of wood is arranged in a pile measuring 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 8 feet long. [1/4 definitions]
diesel engine a type of engine that burns fuel oil. Diesel engines are different from most car engines, which use an electric spark to ignite the fuel. In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into a chamber and set on fire by the heat of air that has been put under high pressure. Big trucks have diesel engines.
engine a machine that uses energy from fuel or electricity to do work, such as to move. [1/2 definitions]
fossil fuel any carbon-containing fuel formed from the remains of prehistoric plants and animals. Coal, petroleum, and natural gas are examples of fossil fuel.
furnace anything in which heat is made for a specific purpose by burning fuel. A furnace can be used to heat a building or to melt metal.
gas a fuel in the form of a gas that is burned for heat, light, or cooking. [1/3 definitions]
gasoline a liquid that burns, used mainly as fuel for engines. Gasoline is made from petroleum.
grate1 a frame of metal bars that holds the fuel in a furnace, stove, or fireplace. [1/2 definitions]
ignition a device for getting something to burn by means of a spark or friction. In a car or other vehicle, the ignition is the device or system that ignites the fuel to start the engine. [1/2 definitions]
kerosene a thin liquid fuel. Kerosene is usually made from petroleum, but can also be made from oil, coal shale, or tar.
mileage the number of miles that a vehicle can travel per unit of fuel. [1/2 definitions]
natural gas a mixture of gases found in the earth's crust. Natural gas is burned as cooking and heating fuel.
oil a liquid found beneath the earth's surface, or the products made from this liquid and used for fuel or lubrication; petroleum. [1/3 definitions]
paraffin the British word for a thin liquid fuel made from petroleum, coal shale, or tar. Paraffin has the same meaning as kerosene. [1/2 definitions]
peat soil from a wet area that is made up of decayed plants. Peat can be used as a fuel or fertilizer.
petrol the British word for the flammable liquid used mainly as fuel for engines. Petrol has the same meaning as gasoline.
stoke to add to and stir up the fuel of.