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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Scientific definitions for 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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