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diesel-electric

or Die·sel-e·lec·tric

[ dee-zuhl-i-lek-trik, -suhl- ]
/ ˈdi zəl ɪˈlɛk trɪk, -səl- /
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adjective
having an electric motor powered directly by an electric generator or by batteries charged by the generator, with the generator being driven by a diesel engine: a diesel-electric locomotive.
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Origin of diesel-electric

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for diesel-electric

diesel-electric

noun
a locomotive fitted with a diesel engine driving an electric generator that feeds electric traction motors
adjective
of or relating to such a locomotive or system
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