Definitions for Engineˈɛn dʒən
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Engine
motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
something used to achieve a purpose
"an engine of change"
locomotive, engine, locomotive engine, railway locomotive(noun)
a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
"medieval engines of war"
The result of cunning; a plot, a scheme.
A device to convert energy into useful mechanical motion, especially heat energy
A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.
A person or group of people which influence a larger group.
the brain or heart.
A software system, not a complete program, responsible for a technical task (as in layout engine, physics engine).
To assault with an engine.
To engine and batter our walls. uE00027131uE001 T. Adams.
To equip with an engine; said especially of steam vessels.
Vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
Origin: From engin, from engin, from ingenium, from ingenitum, past participle of ingigno; see ingenious. Engine originally meant 'ingenuity, cunning' which eventually developed into meaning 'the product of ingenuity, a plot or snare' and 'tool, weapon'.
(Pronounced, in this sense, ////.) Natural capacity; ability; skill
anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent
any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture
a compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect
to assault with an engine
to equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another
(Pronounced, in this sense, /////.) To rack; to torture
Origin: [F. engin skill, machine, engine, L. ingenium natural capacity, invention; in in + the root of gignere to produce. See Genius, and cf. Ingenious, Gin a snare.]
An engine or motor is a machine designed to convert energy into useful mechanical motion. Heat engines, including internal combustion engines and external combustion engines burn a fuel to create heat, which then creates motion. Electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical motion, pneumatic motors use compressed air and others—such as clockwork motors in wind-up toys—use elastic energy. In biological systems, molecular motors, like myosins in muscles, use chemical energy to create motion.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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.The hacker 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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2141
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1710
Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Nouns Frequency: #680
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- موتور, محرك, قاطرةArabic
- двигател, локомотив, моторBulgarian
- motorCatalan, Valencian
- lokomotiva, motorCzech
- peiriant, ermigWelsh
- Lok, Motor, Triebwerk, Getriebe, Antrieb, LokomotiveGerman
- μηχανή, κινητήραςGreek
- motor, locomotoraSpanish
- mootor, vedurEstonian
- moottori, veturiFinnish
- moteur, locomotiveFrench
- einnseanScottish Gaelic
- motor, locomotoraGalician
- locomotiva, motorInterlingua
- mesin, motorIndonesian
- motore, motrice, locomotivaItalian
- 機械, 機関車, モーター, 発動機, 汽車, エンジン, 原動機, 機関Japanese
- მატორი, ძრავაGeorgian
- 기관, 機關Korean
- variklis, motorasLithuanian
- motors, dzinējsLatvian
- pūkaha, tima, initia, mīhiniMāori
- локомотива, мотор, двигателMacedonian
- locomotief, motor, aandrijvingDutch
- motorNorwegian Nynorsk
- atsiitsʼiinNavajo, Navaho
- motor, lokomotywa, silnikPolish
- motor, locomotivaPortuguese
- motor, locomotivăRomanian
- двигатель, мотор, локомотивRussian
- мотор, motorSerbo-Croatian
- motor, lokomotivaSlovene
- motor, lok, lokomotivSwedish
- motor, lokomotifTurkish
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