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diesel

or Die·sel

[dee-zuh l, -suh l]
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adjective
  1. noting a machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine: diesel locomotive.
  2. of or relating to a diesel engine: diesel fuel.
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noun
  1. diesel engine.
  2. a vehicle powered by a diesel engine.
  3. diesel fuel.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for diesel

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)
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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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