fossil fuel
noun Date: 1835 a fuel (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains • fossil-fueled adjective

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  • fossil fuel — fossil fuels also fossil fuel N MASS Fossil fuel is fuel such as coal or oil that is formed from the decayed remains of plants or animals …   English dictionary

  • fossil fuel — fossil .fuel n [U and C] a ↑fuel such as coal or oil that is produced by the very gradual decaying of animals or plants over millions of years ▪ Environmentalists would like to see fossil fuels replaced by renewable energy sources …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fossil fuel — fossil ,fuel noun count or uncount a fuel such as coal or oil, made from decayed material from animals or plants that lived many thousands of years ago …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fossil fuel — ► NOUN ▪ a natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms …   English terms dictionary

  • fossil fuel — n. an organic substance, as coal, petroleum, etc., found underground in deposits formed in a previous geologic period and used as a source of energy …   English World dictionary

  • Fossil fuel — Coal, one of the fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes… …   Wikipedia

  • fossil fuel — noun fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth s crust with high carbon and hydrogen content • Hypernyms: ↑fuel • Hyponyms: ↑coal, ↑natural gas, ↑gas, ↑petroleum, ↑crude oil, ↑crude …   Useful english dictionary

  • fossil fuel — Energy. any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life. * * * Any of a class of materials of biologic origin occurring within the Earth s crust that can be used as a source of energy.… …   Universalium

  • fossil fuel — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms fossil fuel : singular fossil fuel plural fossil fuels science a fuel such as coal or oil, made from decayed material from animals or plants that lived many thousands of years ago …   English dictionary

  • fossil fuel — /ˈfɒsəl fjul/ (say fosuhl fyoohl) noun a hydrocarbon based energy source derived from the remains of living organisms (or their products) and formed deep within the earth, such as coal, petroleum, or natural gas. Fossil fuels are formed under… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fossil-fuel — see fossil fuel …   English dictionary

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