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.

Origin of diesel

after R. Diesel, the engine's inventor

Definition for diesel (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

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)

British Dictionary definitions for diesel (2 of 2)

Diesel

/ (ˈdiːzəl) /

noun

Rudolf (ˈruːdɔlf). 1858–1913, German engineer, who invented the diesel engine (1892)
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