diesel

or Die·sel

[ dee-zuh l, -suh l ]
/ ˈdi zəl, -səl /

adjective

noting a machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine: diesel locomotive.
of or relating to a diesel engine: diesel fuel.

noun

a vehicle powered by a diesel engine.

Nearby words

  1. dieretic,
  2. dies,
  3. dies committee,
  4. dies irae,
  5. dies non,
  6. diesel cycle,
  7. diesel engine,
  8. diesel fuel,
  9. diesel oil,
  10. diesel-electric

Origin of diesel

after R. Diesel, the engine's inventor

Diesel

[ dee-zuh l, -suh l ]
/ ˈdi zəl, -səl /

noun

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

/ (ˈdiːzəl) /

noun

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

Diesel

/ (ˈdiːzəl) /

noun

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

diesel

adj.

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

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