- a machine for converting thermal energy into mechanical energy or power to produce force and motion.
- a railroad locomotive.
- a fire engine.
- any mechanical contrivance.
- a machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or piece of artillery.
- Obsolete. an instrument of torture, especially the rack.
Origin of engine
Examples from the Web for engine
Texas has also started to become an engine of economic growth.Will Texas Stay Texan?
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“The fact the engine did not blow up does not mean it is not the cause of the accident,” he told the Daily Beast.Can Richard Branson Bounce Back From His Space Disaster?
November 3, 2014
The Varsity Chiefs are awesome, and the engine for this devastating hardwood machine is point guard Buell Robinson.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own
August 31, 2014
But engine technology has not been static in the past decade.Does America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Need Another Engine?
July 31, 2014
And they always want to get a detailed look at the engines to see if engine failure was involved.MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation
July 22, 2014
By this engine, whose springs I am continually oiling, I play them all off.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But when K., growing uneasy, came out into the yard, the engine had started at last.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The total weight of the monoplane with engine and propeller is 352 pounds.
I did not want to start the engine until I had finished everything else.Her Father's Daughter
Fuel consumption is a prime factor in the production of engine power.
- any machine designed to convert energy, esp heat energy, into mechanical worka steam engine; a petrol engine
- a railway locomotive
- (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 and History for engine
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.