Definitions for Engineˈɛn dʒən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a machine for converting thermal energy into mechanical energy or power to produce force and motion.
a railroad locomotive.
Ref: fire engine.
any mechanical contrivance.
a machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or piece of artillery.
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
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the part of a vehicle that makes it move
a diesel/gasoline/steam engine; Turn on the engine.
the part of a train that pulls it along
***a train pulled by two engines
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
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
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Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1710
Rank popularity for the word 'Engine' in Nouns Frequency: #680
Translations for Engine
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a machine in which heat or other energy is used to produce motion
The car has a new engine.
- motorPortuguese (BR)
- der MotorGerman
- μηχανή, κινητήραςGreek
- इंजन, कलHindi
- vél, hreyfillIcelandic
- variklis, motorasLithuanian
- motors; dzinējsLatvian
- maskin, motorNorwegian
- silnik, motorPolish
- انجن، هر هغه اله چه له ډيرو پرزو څخه جوړه وى او كرا ورڅخه اخيستل كيږى ، په تېره چه دهغى دچلولو لپاره دبرېښنا، تېلو او سكرو څخه كار اخيستل كيږىPashto
- motor, maskinSwedish
- motor, makineTurkish
- 發動機，引擎Chinese (Trad.)
- машина; моторUkrainian
- máy, động cơVietnamese
- 发动机，引擎Chinese (Simp.)
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