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

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But the brands will continue to offer gasoline and diesel engines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Introducing Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s new Director of Design," 13 Sep. 2019 The Endangered Species Act had been gutted, and the E.P.A. had announced new protections not for air or water but for marine diesel engines. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Greta Thunberg’s Slow Boat to New York," 30 Aug. 2019 Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan have banned the sale of cars with gasoline or diesel engines by 2030. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Join California’s fuel-efficiency fight against Trump," 31 July 2019 The serious work, some argue, is still done by gas guzzling diesel engines. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Electric Vehicle Is a Dump Truck," 21 Aug. 2019 Ford added a diesel engine to its F-150 and rolled out the midsize Ranger. Tom Krisher And Dee-ann Durbin, Houston Chronicle, "Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on," 17 Jan. 2018 The Post said Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller arrived on his $200 million yacht Eos, which has two 2,300-horsepower diesel engines. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Inside Google’s billionaire’s summer camp: Where Obama, DiCaprio and Prince Harry can talk climate change or ride yachts," 31 July 2019 Fiat Chrysler wins the latest round of Truck Wars with an all-new diesel engine that lifts the towing capacity of its 2020 Ram 1500 pickup well beyond the diesel Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. Dallas News, "This round in Truck Wars goes to the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel," 23 Aug. 2019 The vessel was built in Manitowoc by Burger Boat Co., with a diesel engine from Kahlenberg Industries in Two Rivers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 1945 fishing tug gets a new life as a tour boat in Michigan," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of diesel engine

1894, in the meaning defined above

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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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