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diesel engine a type of engine that burns fuel oil. Diesel engines are different from most car engines, which use an electric spark to ignite the fuel. In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into a chamber and set on fire by the heat of air that has been put under high pressure. Big trucks have diesel engines.
flintlock a part of an old-fashioned gun no longer in use. This part makes a spark that sets the powder inside on fire. [1/2 definitions]
ignition a device for getting something to burn by means of a spark or friction. In a car or other vehicle, the ignition is the device or system that ignites the fuel to start the engine. [1/2 definitions]
strike to cause to produce a light or spark by means of rubbing. [1/15 definitions]