diesel-electric

or Die·sel-e·lec·tric

[ dee-zuh l-i-lek-trik, -suh l- ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. diesel,
  2. diesel cycle,
  3. diesel engine,
  4. diesel fuel,
  5. diesel oil,
  6. diesel-hydraulic,
  7. dieseling,
  8. dieselize,
  9. diesinker,
  10. diesis

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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