a measure of the ignition quality of a diesel engine fuel by comparison with various mixtures in which the alpha form of methylnaphthalene is given a standard value of 0 and cetane is given a standard value of 100.
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Origin of cetane number
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called cetane rating.
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British Dictionary definitions for cetane number
a measure of the quality of a diesel fuel expressed as the percentage of cetane in a mixture of cetane and 1-methylnapthalene of the same quality as the given fuelAlso called: cetane rating Compare octane number
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