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diesel

[dee-zuh l, -suh l] /ˈdi zəl, -səl/
adjective
1.
noting a machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine:
diesel locomotive.
2.
of or pertaining to a diesel engine:
diesel fuel.
noun
4.
a vehicle powered by a diesel engine.
Also, Diesel.
Origin
after R. Diesel, the engine's inventor

Diesel

[dee-zuh l, -suh l] /ˈdi zəl, -səl/
noun
1.
Rudolf
[roo-dolf,, -dawlf;; German roo-dawlf] /ˈru dɒlf,, -dɔlf;; German ˈru dɔlf/ (Show IPA),
1858–1913, German automotive engineer.
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Examples from the web for diesel
  • During the early days of diesel locomotive use, they were also painted black.
  • diesel submarines must periodically resurface or snorkel to recharge their batteries.
  • They recharged the batteries using the diesel engines without ever surfacing.
  • This was one of the earliest examples of the use of diesel power generation in australia.
  • It is used in motorcycles and in some diesel locomotives with mechanical transmission.
  • Newer kinds of combines are selfpropelled and use diesel engines for power.
  • Almost all gasoline engines are of this type, but not diesel engines.
British Dictionary definitions for diesel

diesel

/ˈdiːzəl/
noun
1.
2.
a ship, locomotive, lorry, etc, driven by a diesel engine
3.
(informal) short for diesel oil
4.
(South African, slang) any cola drink: spook and diesel
5.
sucking diesel, See suck (sense 10)

Diesel

/ˈdiːzəl/
noun
1.
Rudolf (ˈruːdɔlf). 1858–1913, German engineer, who invented the diesel engine (1892)
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Word Origin and History for diesel
adj.

1894, named for Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), German mechanical engineer who designed this type of engine.

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