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fossil fuel

noun, Energy.
1.
any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life.
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Examples from the web for fossil fuel
  • Discovering an economical and environmentally cleaner alternative to fossil fuel.
  • Most of the electricity that powers the world's refrigerators is generated by burning fossil fuel.
  • Maybe the fossil fuel industry is simply too powerful.
  • Coal is a fossil fuel, and a sedimentary rock that is formed by geological action over millions of years.
  • Business as usual means falling employment as the fossil fuel industry sheds half a million jobs in the next two decades.
  • It uses no fossil fuel and generates its own electricity.
  • Some people seem to think that fossil fuel use is somehow safer than nuclear power.
  • The fundamental problem is this: there is a finite amount of fossil fuel.
  • Of course, there are also explicit subsidies to fossil fuel producers.
  • We need to promote research into non-fossil fuel alternatives.
British Dictionary definitions for fossil fuel

fossil fuel

noun
1.
any naturally occurring carbon or hydrocarbon fuel, such as coal, petroleum, peat, and natural gas, formed by the decomposition of prehistoric organisms
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fossil fuel in Science
fossil fuel  
A hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from the accumulated remains of ancient plants and animals and used as fuel. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by burning fossil fuels are considered to be one of the principal causes of global warming.
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