Definition of fossil fuel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


fossil fuel

BrE BrE//ˈfɒsl fjuːəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsl fjuːəl//
[countable, uncountable] The power industry
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fuel such as coal or oil, that was formed over millions of years from the remains of animals or plants Carbon dioxide is produced in huge amounts when fossil fuels are burned. Fossil fuel reserves are rapidly being depleted. Gas is the only fossil fuel without environmental problems. compare biomass Wordfinderenergy, fossil fuel, fracking, fuel, hydroelectric, nuclear, oil, power station, solar, wind farm See related entries: The power industry
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