diesel engine


Definition of diesel engine

: an internal combustion engine in which air is compressed to a temperature sufficiently high to ignite fuel injected into the cylinder where the combustion and expansion actuate a piston

Examples of diesel engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because laminar flow makes the plane require less power, the Celera 500L is equipped with a single V12 diesel engine at the back, designed by German manufacturer RED. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Other technical features include an aluminum hull and a hybrid diesel engine. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 July 2021 Volkswagen’s diesel engine scandal, for example, remains one of the most notable incidents of fraud in business history. Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 Modern acoustic sensors and infrared cameras can detect a diesel engine from multiple miles away. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 23 June 2021 And the diesel engine maker, Cummins Inc., is investing in the fuel cell maker Loop Energy. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Europeans will also get the chance to buy it with a 148-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 June 2021 Powered by a 275-horsepower diesel engine, the Vermeer BC2100XL brush chipper is designed to tackle the toughest land-clearing projects. John Benson, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 International Harvester was renamed Navistar International in 1986, after the corporation had fully moved away from agricultural equipment and toward diesel engine pickups. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of diesel engine

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diesel engine was in 1894

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15 Dec 2021

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“Diesel engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diesel%20engine. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of diesel engine

: a type of engine that uses diesel fuel rather than gasoline and that is used especially in large vehicles (such as trucks and buses)

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Kids Definition of diesel engine

: an engine in which the mixture of air and fuel is compressed until enough heat is created to ignite the mixture that uses diesel fuel instead of gasoline

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