Meaning of DIESEL in English

DIESEL

/ ˈdiːzl; NAmE / noun

1.

(also ˈdiesel fuel , ˈdiesel oil ) [ U ] a type of heavy oil used as a fuel instead of petrol / gas :

a diesel engine (= one that burns diesel )

diesel cars / locomotives / trains

—compare petrol

2.

[ C ] a vehicle that uses diesel fuel :

Our new car is a diesel.

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WORD ORIGIN

late 19th cent.: named after R. Diesel (1858-1913), the inventor of the diesel engine .

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