Definition of fossil fuel in English:

fossil fuel


  • A natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.

    • ‘So burning coal or oil, which releases carbon from when the fossil fuel was formed, has a serious global warming effect.’
    • ‘The second most prominent and naturally most abundant fossil fuel is coal.’
    • ‘The surge in crude prices has prompted oil companies to boost exploration activities to discover more of the fossil fuel.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the only fossil fuel they consume is the paraffin they put in their lamps.’
    • ‘Mr Rice said growing fuel crops to displace fossil fuel would reduce CO2 emissions without cuts in farm output.’
    • ‘Natural gas is a clean alternative to oil, although it's also a fossil fuel and has its own problems.’
    • ‘This fossil fuel could thus have been stored easily in 3,000 years at the present global growth rates.’
    • ‘It is a quagmire that eventually, under pressure for a million years or so, becomes a fossil fuel.’
    • ‘They die from our dependence on a fossil fuel - guzzling, outmoded means of transportation.’
    • ‘The fossil fuel burned by a passing car becomes a Palaeolithic thought bubble in the present.’
    • ‘But when it comes to a situation where we are importing carrots from Holland, think of all the fossil fuel that this uses.’
    • ‘We now use half of our fossil fuel to light, heat and cool buildings and we should do something about it.’
    • ‘It is a subsidised fossil fuel, and the Maui gasfield, unsurprisingly, is running out.’
    • ‘Shale oil is a fossil fuel, extracted from shale rocks through heat.’
    • ‘Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, producing mostly just water vapor and carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Our economy depends so much on fossil fuel that a lack of oil without any alternative fuel sources would lead to total chaos.’
    • ‘It is history, a fossil burning fossil fuel, yet it lives.’
    • ‘It is made from plant products, not fossil fuel, which means it is renewable.’
    • ‘Where are the corporate insiders with brains enough to convert the resource of fossil fuel into new products?’
    • ‘An important alternative to fertiliser from fossil fuel is biosolids recovered from sewage.’


fossil fuel