Definition of diesel-electric in English:


Syllabification: die·sel-e·lec·tric


  • Denoting or relating to a locomotive driven by the electric current produced by a diesel-engined generator.
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    • Union Pacific Railroad has ordered 315 diesel-electric locomotives designed to significantly decrease air emissions.
    • By 1970 Jamaica's railways had fourteen diesel-electric locomotives and only one steam locomotive was still in operation.
    • The company has acquired new rolling stock like Chinese diesel-electric locomotives and fuel tankers.


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  • A diesel-electric locomotive.
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    • Coal burning steam turbines, steam turbine electrics, and even gas turbines, all failed to oust diesel-electrics.
    • The City of Truro will arrive under its own power, while locomotive 50033, Glorious a diesel-electric will arrive as a permanent exhibit at the museum.
    • Stream engines don't handle inclines well, however, so the trip from Cairns to Kuranda takes twice as long as if the train were hauled by a modern diesel-electric.

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