die·​sel | \ ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce diesel (audio) , -səl \

Definition of diesel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a vehicle driven by a diesel engine


biographical name
Die·​sel | \ ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce Diesel (audio) , -səl \

Definition of Diesel (Entry 2 of 2)

Rudolf 1858–1913 German mechanical engineer

Examples of diesel in a Sentence

Noun Does your car take diesel or gasoline?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the end, whether California achieves its ban on gasoline and diesel engines or merely pushes ZEV adoption further may be irrelevant. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, "California Dreams of an EV-Only Future," 25 Nov. 2020 Whether your frying hundreds of pounds of fish at a church during Lent or french fries at a bar, it can all be transformed into biodiesel, a renewable, clean-burning alternative that can be used in diesel engines. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? This Louisville man wants to turn your used oil into fuel," 20 Nov. 2020 Closing the refinery in Convent, which produces jet fuel, gasoline and diesel, will cost another 1,100 workers their jobs -- 700 at the plant and 400 contractors. Tyler Bridges, NOLA.com, "Shell is closing its refinery in Convent. What does this mean for clean energy in Louisiana?," 14 Nov. 2020 Biden’s target for a 100% clean electricity grid by 2035 could squeeze natural gas’s share of power generation, and his aim to boost electric vehicles sales would erode demand for gasoline and diesel. Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Win May Curb U.S. Oil Drilling, Super-Charge Renewables," 8 Nov. 2020 Cars and trucks purchased today will likely still be running in 20 years, on gasoline and diesel. Star Tribune, "Fossil fuel's uncertain future," 29 Oct. 2020 Valero’s joint venture with Darlington Ingredients is projected to expand its capacity from 275 million gallons of renewable diesel per year to 675 million gallons per year by next year. Tyler Bridges, NOLA.com, "Shell is closing its refinery in Convent. What does this mean for clean energy in Louisiana?," 14 Nov. 2020 Officials attributed this progress to the cleaner cars on the road, efforts to replace wood-burning stoves and old diesel buses and dozens of other measures that have whittled down overall emissions over the years. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "EPA: Wasatch Front air now in compliance with pollution standards," 11 Nov. 2020 Likewise, current refrigerated units in vans in the cold chain run on diesel and use high-GWP refrigerants, contributing further to emissions. Toby Peters, Wired, "A Possible Covid Vaccine Means It's Time to Fix Cold Chains," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of diesel


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diesel


Rudolf Diesel

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“Diesel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diesel. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of diesel

: a vehicle (such as a truck or bus) that has a diesel engine


die·​sel | \ ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce diesel (audio) , -səl \

Kids Definition of diesel

2 : a vehicle that has a diesel engine

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