from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To supply again with fuel.
  • intransitive v. To take on a fresh supply of fuel.

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  • v. To refill with fuel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take on more fuel, as of a plane, ship, or car
  • v. provide with additional fuel, as of aircraft, ships, and cars


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  • We're told that that plane took on an awful lot of fuel because it doesn't want to have to refuel from the Chinese at least once it gets to Hainan Island.

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  • The HU16 was later replaced in rescue operations by the HH3 helicopter which could refuel from the HC130 rescue control aircraft, and remain on station as long as the Albatross and recover a downed fler while hovering above him, without risking a landing and takeoff in the open sea.

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  • Cambodia and meet a USAF C-130 Refuel aircraft and make several (dry) contacts on the refueling hoses then to actually refuel from the C-130 and fly back to NKP, Thailand, On 14 June 1973 The Jolly Green was in the refueling formation with the C-130 and had just disconnected from the refueling hose when the helicopter rapidly pitched nose up then nose down, doing this several times.

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  • Meanwhile, for a variety of reasons, the Treasury Department was determined to recapitalize them on the fly which is to say refuel them, as needed, and to bring them in for a safe landing.

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  • As they feel your trust in them and their growing confidence in themselves, they will always come back to 'refuel'.

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  • This paperback-size printer uses thermal technology -- no need to "refuel" with new ink cartridges midflight -- to produce anything from e-mails to spreadsheets and even 400dpi images.

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  • After that, Hyperion says it can "refuel" the generator at its own facilities.

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  • When FARP numbers are listed in column 6, and "refuel" is listed in column 8, the time in column 7 indicates the time aircraft are scheduled for refueling.

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  • How long can I go before I need to "refuel" with carbs, and how much do I really need?

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  • Like all electric cars, they'd take longer to "refuel" than a gas tank -- a couple hours plugged in to get any range at all, and overnight for a full charge.

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