Definition of refuel in US English:


verbrefuelling, refuels, refuelled, refueling, refueled

[with object]
  • 1Supply (a vehicle) with more fuel.

    ‘the authorities agreed to refuel the plane’
    • ‘The 53-year-old was shot dead as he refuelled his car.’
    • ‘The tankers are for refuelling airplanes, which saw extensive action in the Afghanistan and Kosovo campaigns.’
    • ‘The cost of charging an electric car is small compared to that of refuelling a vehicle that runs an internal combustion engine.’
    • ‘Higgins was fuming at the Government for allowing the USA to use Shannon Airport as a military base for refueling their aircraft.’
    • ‘He agreed with Mr Rose that he got out and paid for petrol when the car was refuelled during the journey but denied being involved in the offences.’
    • ‘If they could refuel Ben's truck, they could escape.’
    • ‘Yesterday, we took an opportunity to refuel the ships that are out here so that when we get back into port, we would be ready for anything that we might be tasked to do.’
    • ‘The Dublin pilot had just refuelled his helicopter at Kerry airport and was heading to Tralee racecourse to pick up three passengers on a return trip to Dublin when the accident occurred.’
    • ‘One of the most difficult parts of the exercise was stopping about halfway to refuel the vessels, in seas of about one and a half metres.’
    • ‘Whereas only about 25 aircraft were refueled on average per month in 1997, that figure has now risen to well above 100.’
    • ‘The squadron refuels all aircraft that land in Amberley both during the exercise and on normal tasking.’
    • ‘While aircraft are refueled, crews can find a warm meal and a comfortable place to rest.’
    • ‘Honda in America is already piloting home energy stations which make hydrogen from natural gas so you can refuel your car in your drive.’
    • ‘After a delay while refuelling the car of team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, Schumacher was given new tyres but refused to rejoin the race.’
    • ‘Since the beginning of coalition operations, the Australian detachments refuelled aircraft on more than 800 occasions, offloading more than 6 million pounds of fuel.’
    • ‘While refuelling the car, the Team's mechanics detected a puncture, which necessitated a tyre change.’
    • ‘In an emergency, you stop refueling any other aircraft in the pits and evacuate those aircraft, any fuel trucks and other personnel.’
    • ‘The facility, which repairs, overhauls and refuels nuclear-powered submarines, employs 4,300 civilian workers.’
    • ‘Rather than try and refuel the van he decided to simply take another vehicle.’
    1. 1.1no object (of a vehicle) be supplied with more fuel.
      • ‘Because a spacecraft is unable to carry much fuel and cannot refuel in-flight, other routes to autonomy have had to be explored.’
      • ‘If a fire starts while you're refueling, don't remove the nozzle from the vehicle or try to stop the flow of gasoline.’
      • ‘She wanted to know whether Amnesty International was protesting at Shannon Airport when American troop carriers were refuelling with the permission of the Irish Government.’
      • ‘The collection of fuel data from the base gas station starts when a vehicle refuels.’
      • ‘After the helicopter refuelled for a second time, the crew finally airlifted the injured man at 9am as the trawler was en route to Castletownbere.’
      • ‘In the distance she can hear battle ships landing to refuel and restock supplies.’
      • ‘The caravan had stopped only twice to refuel from the fuel truck that followed Hardy's carrier.’
      • ‘The helicopter which the service hopes to acquire has bigger fuel tanks and can fly for longer without refuelling.’
      • ‘Irish musicians are hoping their plea to stop US military aircraft refuelling at Shannon will strike the right chord with the Government.’
      • ‘Buy a hydrogen fuel cell car and you can only refuel at the manufacturers!’
      • ‘Low fuel consumption and a large fuel tank mean you don't have to refuel as often.’
      • ‘The aircraft must refuel on Aitutaki before going on to the remote island, 1200 km northwest of Rarotonga.’
      • ‘After dropping into St Lucia, Martinez spent the next couple of hours refueling, gathering some supplies and charting his next course.’
      • ‘Aircraft have been forced to refuel at Darwin or Melbourne or to carry extra fuel to Australia.’
      • ‘Dolphin 43 launched at 8.20 pm and, after dropping another crew on the Kanimbla, they refuelled and relaunched, carrying enough fuel for their sortie plus an extra hour's worth.’
      • ‘Buses could refuel at a central depot, making fuel supply and storage less of an issue.’
      • ‘We exhausted our fuel supply, refueled, and continued searching the area.’
      • ‘Helicopters are turbine powered and have to go to a major airfield or an RAF station to refuel, whereas a piston-engined aircraft can refuel at practically any flying or gliding club.’
      • ‘The aircraft refueled in Havana and returned to Canada arriving at about 6:00 a.m. on December 27th.’