die·​sel-elec·​tric ˈdē-zəl- i-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce diesel-electric (audio)
: of, relating to, or employing a diesel engine for driving an electric generator or for charging batteries
a diesel-electric locomotive
diesel-electric submarines

Examples of diesel-electric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s equipped with diesel-electric hybrid propulsion, a wide beam for multiple tender spaces, a 7,200-nautical mile range, and flexible cabin arrangements for expedition crew. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 14 May 2024 Most builders of larger cruisers, say in the 50- to 80-foot range, install hybrid diesel-electric propulsion because their owners don’t relish running out of juice miles offshore, with no power source other than the sun. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2024 Other features reflecting its stature: Hybrid diesel-electric engines are connected to Azipod drives that give Eclipse a top-end speed of 21 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 As for cruising, Marsa is equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system that enables her to travel some 4,500 nautical miles at 15.5 knots. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 As for grunt, Milano features a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system that includes four variable-speed CAT C32 generators and two 1650 kW e-motors. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 As for performance, Simply Custom yachts will be powered by a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system capable of running on low-carbon biofuels. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2024 In terms of performance, Simply Customs sport highly efficient hulls by Lateral Naval Architects and hybrid diesel-electric propulsion systems that are capable of running on low-carbon biofuels. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 San Francisco Muni, for example, currently runs more than 550 diesel-electric hybrid buses, almost 280 electric trolley buses running off overhead cables, and just 10 battery-electric vehicles. Kristel Tjandra, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diesel-electric was in 1914

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“Diesel-electric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diesel-electric. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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