Definitions for Dieselˈdi zəl, -səl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

die•selˈdi zəl, -səl(adj.)

  1. designating a machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine:

    diesel locomotive.

    Category: Energy, Transportation

  2. of or pertaining to a diesel engine:

    diesel fuel.

    Category: Energy, Transportation

  3. (n.)diesel engine.

    Category: Energy

  4. a vehicle powered by a diesel engine.

    Category: Energy, Transportation

Origin of diesel:

after Rudolf Diesel (1858–1913), German automotive engineer, the engine's inventor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Diesel, Rudolf Diesel, Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel(noun)

    German engineer (born in France) who invented the diesel engine (1858-1913)

  2. diesel, diesel engine, diesel motor(noun)

    an internal-combustion engine that burns heavy oil

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. diesel(noun)ˈdi zəl, -səl

    a type of fuel for vehicles


  1. diesel(Noun)

    A fuel derived from petroleum (or other oils) but heavier than gasoline/petrol. Used to power diesel engines which burn this fuel using the heat produced when air is compressed

  2. diesel(Noun)

    A vehicle powered by a diesel engine

  3. diesel(Verb)

    To ignite a substance by using the heat generated by compression

  4. diesel(Verb)

    For a spark-ignition internal combustion engine to continue running after the electrical current to the spark plugs has been turned off. This occurs when there's enough heat in the combustion chamber to ignite the air/fuel without a spark, the same way heat and pressure cause ignition in a diesel engine.

    The only reason the VW bug has a solenoid is to prevent it from dieseling.

  5. Origin: From the inventor, Dr. Rudolph Diesel, who developed a heavy-duty engine in Germany (1892–1897) and perfected it throughout his life.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Diesel' in Nouns Frequency: #2382

Translations for Diesel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

diesel fuel/oil

heavy oil used as fuel for a diesel engine.

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