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Kerosene vs. Diesel

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Kerosenenoun

A petroleum-based thin and colorless fuel; (British) paraffin.

‘The kerosene lasted all winter, so the furnace kept us always warm.’;

Dieselnoun

A fuel derived from petroleum (or other oils) but heavier than gasoline/petrol. Used to power diesel engines which burn this fuel using the heat produced when air is compressed.

Kerosenenoun

An oil used for illuminating purposes, formerly obtained from the distillation of mineral wax, bituminous shale, etc., and hence called also coal oil. It is now produced in immense quantities, chiefly by the distillation and purification of petroleum. It consists chiefly of several hydrocarbons of the methane series, having from 10 to 16 carbon atoms in each molecule, and having a higher boiling point (175 - 325° C) than gasoline or the petroleum ethers, and a lower boling point than the oils.

Dieselnoun

(countable) A vehicle powered by a diesel engine.

Kerosenenoun

a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters

Dieselnoun

A rider who has an even energy output, without bursts of speed.

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Kerosene

Kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid which is derived from petroleum. It is widely used as a fuel in aviation as well as households.

Dieselnoun

Snakebite and black (a drink).

Dieselnoun

(slang) A particular cannabis hybrid.

Dieselverb

To ignite a substance by using the heat generated by compression

Dieselverb

(automotive) For a spark-ignition internal combustion engine to continue running after the electrical current to the spark plugs has been turned off. This occurs when there's enough heat in the combustion chamber to ignite the air and fuel mixture without a spark, the same way that heat and pressure cause ignition in a diesel engine.

‘The only reason the VW bug has a solenoid is to prevent it from dieseling.’;

Diesel

A type of internal-combustion engine in which the air drawn in by the suction stroke is so highly compressed that the heat generated ignites the fuel (usually a heavy oil), the fuel being automatically sprayed into the cylinder under pressure. The Diesel engine has a very high thermal efficiency.

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Dieselnoun

German engineer (born in France) who invented the diesel engine (1858-1913)

Dieselnoun

an internal-combustion engine that burns heavy oil

Dieselnoun

an internal combustion engine in which heat produced by the compression of air in the cylinder is used to ignite the fuel

‘a diesel locomotive’;

Dieselnoun

a heavy petroleum fraction used as fuel in diesel engines

‘eleven litres of diesel’;

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