Rudolf Diesel

Diesel

[dee-zuhl, -suhl]
noun
Rudolf [roo-dolf, -dawlf; German roo-dawlf] , 1858–1913, German automotive engineer.
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diesel (ˈdiːzəl)
 
n
1.  See diesel engine
2.  a ship, locomotive, lorry, etc, driven by a diesel engine
3.  informal short for diesel oil
4.  slang (South African) any cola drink: spook and diesel
5.  sucking diesel See suck

Diesel (ˈdiːzəl)
 
n
Rudolf (ˈruːdɔlf). 1858--1913, German engineer, who invented the diesel engine (1892)

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