But it is also the engine that is driving advanced research.
Without the carried interest rate, lobbyists will tell you with a straight face, the engine of capitalism would break down.
“The fact the engine did not blow up does not mean it is not the cause of the accident,” he told the Daily Beast.
Other A380 operators, Air France and Lufthansa, also opted for the engine Alliance engines.
If Obama presses on this good-news accelerator with too heavy a foot, the engine will backfire in a big way.
A scuttle in the deck of a steamer to admit fuel for the engine.
She had either stopped her engine, or gone off on some other course.
It was now for Ralph a race to the engine and his friend Barton.
Washburn reported that the engine was in order, and that the cleaning process was finished.
When an engine is all right they keep at it till it is all wrong.
c.1300, "mechanical device," also "skill, craft," from Old French engin "skill, cleverness," also "trick, deceit, stratagem; war machine" (12c.), from Latin ingenium "inborn qualities, talent" (see ingenious). At first meaning a trick or device, or any machine (especially military); sense of "device that converts energy to mechanical power" is 18c., especially of steam engines.
A machine that turns energy into mechanical force or motion, especially one that gets its energy from a source of heat, such as the burning of a fuel. The efficiency of an engine is the ratio between the kinetic energy produced by the machine and the energy needed to produce it. See more at internal-combustion engine, steam engine., See also motor.
1. A piece of hardware that encapsulates some function but can't be used without some kind of front end. Today we have, especially, "print engine": the guts of a laser printer.
2. An analogous piece of software; notionally, one that does a lot of noisy crunching, such as a "database engine", or "search engine".
The hackish senses of "engine" are actually close to its original, pre-Industrial-Revolution sense of a skill, clever device, or instrument (the word is cognate to "ingenuity"). This sense had not been completely eclipsed by the modern connotation of power-transducing machinery in Charles Babbage's time, which explains why he named the stored-program computer that he designed in 1844 the "Analytical Engine".