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noun
a compression-ignition engine in which a spray of fuel, introduced into air compressed to a temperature of approximately 1000° F (538° C), ignites at a virtually constant pressure.
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Also called diesel.

Origin of diesel engine

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for diesel engine

diesel engine

diesel motor


noun
a type of internal-combustion engine in which atomized fuel oil is sprayed into the cylinder and ignited by compression alone
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Scientific definitions for diesel engine

diesel engine
[ dēzəl ]

An internal-combustion engine in which the fuel oil is ignited by the heat of air that has been highly compressed in the cylinder, rather than by a spark. Due to the need for the engine to withstand very high pressures, diesel engines are relatively heavy; however, they are relatively fuel-efficient, especially when running at low power.
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