diesel fuel


noun

a combustible petroleum distillate used as fuel for diesel engines.

Nearby words

  1. dies irae,
  2. dies non,
  3. diesel,
  4. diesel cycle,
  5. diesel engine,
  6. diesel oil,
  7. diesel-electric,
  8. diesel-hydraulic,
  9. dieseling,
  10. dieselize

Also called diesel oil.

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British Dictionary definitions for diesel oil

diesel oil

diesel fuel

noun

a fuel obtained from petroleum distillation that is used in diesel engines. It has a relatively low ignition temperature (540°C) and is ignited by the heat of compressionAlso called (Brit): derv See also cetane number
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Science definitions for diesel oil

diesel oil

A lightweight mixture of liquid hydrocarbons that are derived from petroleum. The hydrocarbons in diesel oil contain between 13 and 25 carbon atoms. Diesel oil is used as a fuel for diesel engines.
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