diesel

or Die·sel

[dee-zuh l, -suh l]
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noun
  1. diesel engine.
  2. a vehicle powered by a diesel engine.
  3. diesel fuel.

Origin of diesel

after R. Diesel, the engine's inventor

Diesel

[dee-zuh l, -suh l]
noun
  1. Ru·dolf [roo-dolf, -dawlf; German roo-dawlf] /ˈru dɒlf, -dɔlf; German ˈru dɔlf/, 1858–1913, German automotive engineer.
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diesel

noun
  1. See diesel engine
  2. a ship, locomotive, lorry, etc, driven by a diesel engine
  3. informal short for diesel oil
  4. Southern African slang any cola drinkspook and diesel
  5. sucking diesel See suck (def. 10)

Diesel

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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