What does diesel mean?

Definitions for diesel
ˈdi zəl, -səldiesel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Diesel, Rudolf Diesel, Rudolf Christian Karl Dieselnoun

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

  2. diesel, diesel engine, diesel motornoun

    an internal-combustion engine that burns heavy oil


  1. dieselnoun

    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. dieselnoun

    A vehicle powered by a diesel engine

  3. dieselverb

    To ignite a substance by using the heat generated by compression

  4. dieselverb

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


  1. diesel

    Diesel is a type of fuel derived from crude oil, specifically used for internal combustion in diesel engines. It is made through a refining process known as distillation, which separates hydrocarbon molecules in the oil. Diesel engines are commonly used in large vehicles and industrial machines due to their higher efficiency and power. Diesel can also refer to the type of engine that uses this kind of fuel.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Diesel is ranked #66754 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Diesel surname appeared 296 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Diesel.

    95.6% or 283 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for diesel »

  1. seidel

  2. elides

  3. sedile

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diesel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diesel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of diesel in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Reed:

    The last time diesel stocks were high at the end of 2009, we entered a period when diesel demand grew more than gasoline, and yet it still took years to run through those excess diesel inventories.

  2. National Development and Reform Commission:

    Building on basis of upgrading automotive gasoline and diesel can speed up the refitting of main refineries in order to upgrade general diesel ... and safeguard the domestic market supply of automotive and general diesel.

  3. Michael Noll:

    If you know anything about diesel engines, they produce pollution that is harmful for the environment or for humans just the same way, we have found smart ways to produce alternative diesel, but we have not found smart ways to avoid pollution.

  4. Sushant Gupta:

    Most of their product will be diesel to Europe because Asia is already in surplus of diesel, and by sending crude and gasoline to Asia, of which it is short, they actually support the many partnerships they have across the region.

  5. Environment Minister Segolene Royal:

    We need to start preparing our move out of diesel right now, we should phase out diesel's (tax) advantage over five years.

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