Definitions for Engineˈɛn dʒən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•gineˈɛn dʒən(n.)

  1. a machine for converting thermal energy into mechanical energy or power to produce force and motion.

    Category: Machinery

  2. a railroad locomotive.

    Category: Railroads

  3. Ref: fire engine.

  4. any mechanical contrivance.

    Category: Machinery

  5. a machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or piece of artillery.

    Category: Military

  6. Obs. an instrument of torture.

Origin of engine:

1250–1300; ME engin < OF < L ingenium nature, innate quality, esp. mental power, hence a clever invention

en′gine•less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. engine(noun)

    motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work

  2. engine(noun)

    something used to achieve a purpose

    "an engine of change"

  3. 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

  4. engine(noun)

    an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.

    "medieval engines of war"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. engine(noun)ˈɛn dʒən

    the part of a vehicle that makes it move

    a diesel/gasoline/steam engine; Turn on the engine.

  2. engineˈɛn dʒən

    the part of a train that pulls it along

    ***a train pulled by two engines

Wiktionary

  1. engine(Noun)

    Cunning, trickery.

  2. engine(Noun)

    The result of cunning; a plot, a scheme.

  3. engine(Noun)

    A device to convert energy into useful mechanical motion, especially heat energy

  4. engine(Noun)

    A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.

  5. engine(Noun)

    A person or group of people which influence a larger group.

  6. engine(Noun)

    the brain or heart.

  7. engine(Noun)

    A software system, not a complete program, responsible for a technical task (as in layout engine, physics engine).

  8. engine(Verb)

    To assault with an engine.

    To engine and batter our walls. uE00027131uE001 T. Adams.

  9. engine(Verb)

    To equip with an engine; said especially of steam vessels.

    Vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.

  10. 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'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engine(noun)

    (Pronounced, in this sense, ////.) Natural capacity; ability; skill

  2. Engine(noun)

    anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent

  3. Engine(noun)

    any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture

  4. Engine(noun)

    a compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect

  5. Engine(verb)

    to assault with an engine

  6. Engine(verb)

    to equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another

  7. Engine(verb)

    (Pronounced, in this sense, /////.) To rack; to torture

Freebase

  1. Engine

    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. engine

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2141

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1710

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Nouns Frequency: #680


Translations for Engine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

engine(noun)

a machine in which heat or other energy is used to produce motion

The car has a new engine.

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