n. 1. Any matter used to produce heat by burning; that which feeds
fire; combustible matter used for fires, as wood, coal, peat, etc.
2. Anything that serves to feed or increase passion or excitement.Artificial
fuel consisting of small particles, as coal dust, sawdust, etc.,
consolidated into lumps or blocks.
v. t. 1. To feed with fuel.
Never, alas I the dreadful name,
That fuels the infernal flame.
2. To store or furnish with fuel or firing.
Well watered and well fueled.
- Sir H. Wotton.
Noun 1. fuel - a substance that can be consumed to produce energy;
"more fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they
developed alternative fuels for aircraft"
Verb 1. fuel - provide with a combustible substance that provides
emergy; "fuel aircraft, ships, and cars"
2. fuel - provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"
3. fuel - take in fuel, as of a ship; "The tanker fueled in
4. fuel - stimulate; "fuel the debate on creationism"
Fuel is material with potential energy which can be transferred
into kinetic energy, or as heat or work. In most cases this is just
something that will burn.
There are many different types of fuel. Solid fuels include coal,
wood and peat. All these types of fuel are combustable, they create
fire and heat. Coal was burnt by steam trains to heat water to provide
power. Peat and wood are mainly used for domestic and industrial
heating, though peat has been used for power generation, and wood-burning
steam locomotives were common in times past.
fuels include oil and gas (both fuel types have various varieties).
The former is widely used in the internal combustion engine while
both are used in power generation. However a fuel is not necessarily
combustible. For example, in a nuclear reaction a fuel will undergo
fission. This still provides a useful source of energy but not via
combustion. Also, in stars (and our sun), hydrogen is the fuel for
the nuclear fusion.
the bodies of most animals, the fuel sources are carbohydrate, fat,
protein, which supplies the energy for muscles.
Fuel valuesMain article: Fuel value.
The fuel value is the quantity of potential energy in a food or
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- the act of rendering optimal; "the simultaneous optimization
of growth and profitability"; "in an optimization problem
we seek values of the variables that lead to an optimal value of
the function that is to be optimized"; "to promote the
optimization and diversification of agricultural products"
Optimization is a general term for extremum searching (maximizing
or minimizing) of particular properties.
mathematics, it is usually the value of a particular function. Optimization
is also termed Operations research when applied to practical economic
problems. See optimization (mathematics).
computer science, optimization is the process of improving a system
in certain ways such as execution speed, memory requirements and
bandwidth. Despite its name, optimization does not necessarily mean
finding the optimum solution to a problem. Often this is not possible,
and heuristic algorithms must be used instead.
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