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engine

[ en-juhn ]
/ ˈɛn dʒən /
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Origin of engine

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English engin, from Anglo-French, Old French engign, enging, from Latin ingenium “nature, innate quality, mental power, clever invention,” equivalent to in- “in” + -genium (equivalent to gen- “begetting” + -ium noun suffix); see in-2, kin, -ium

OTHER WORDS FROM engine

en·gine·less, adjectivemul·ti·en·gine, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for engine

engine
/ (ˈɛndʒɪn) /

noun

any machine designed to convert energy, esp heat energy, into mechanical worka steam engine; a petrol engine
  1. a railway locomotive
  2. (as modifier)the engine cab
military any of various pieces of equipment formerly used in warfare, such as a battering ram or gun
obsolete any instrument or deviceengines of torture

Word Origin for engine

C13: from Old French engin, from Latin ingenium nature, talent, ingenious contrivance, from in- ² + -genium, related to gignere to beget, produce
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Scientific definitions for engine

engine
[ ĕnjĭn ]

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.
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