bio·​die·​sel ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce biodiesel (audio)
: a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is derived from usually vegetable sources (such as soybean oil)

Examples of biodiesel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like biodiesel, solar panels are an important part of Europe’s efforts to transition to an economy powered by clean technologies. Anna Cooban, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 Gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hydrogen and electric-drive trucks would technically all be allowed, but even the EPA acknowledged the rules in effect will require a huge increase in the numbers of electric trucks. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Biodiesel, including biodiesel feedstock and other edible oils, constitutes the largest refined petroleum import, averaging 3,000 barrels per day (BPD) in 2023. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Lastly, fat and oil residues alongside energy crops are already commonly converted to bioethanol and biodiesel. Wood MacKenzie, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Stoneham, 17, a senior, was there with the members of his Biodiesel and Algal Studies Group demonstrating the process of making biodiesel. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2024 The state has the highest electric-vehicle adoption rate in the country and its conventional diesel demand has fallen by half since 2016 amid rising production of low-carbon alternatives such as renewable diesel and biodiesel. Kevin Crowley, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2023 Some European plants shut down during the pandemic, while others in the US switched to biodiesel. Kevin Crowley, Fortune, 23 Sep. 2023 The vast majority of soybean meal is used in animal feed, while roughly half of the country's production of soybean oil this year is expected to serve as feedstock for low-carbon biofuels, including biodiesel and renewable diesel. Bob Henderson, WSJ, 20 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biodiesel was in 1981

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“Biodiesel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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bio·​die·​sel -ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce biodiesel (audio)
: a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is usually derived from plants (as soybeans)
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