What does ENGINE mean?

Definitions for ENGINE
ˈɛn dʒənen·gine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enginenoun

    motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work

  2. enginenoun

    something used to achieve a purpose

    "an engine of change"

  3. locomotive, engine, locomotive engine, railway locomotivenoun

    a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks

  4. enginenoun

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

    "medieval engines of war"


  1. enginenoun

    Cunning, trickery.

  2. enginenoun

    The result of cunning; a plot, a scheme.

  3. enginenoun

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

  4. enginenoun

    A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.

  5. enginenoun

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

  6. enginenoun

    the brain or heart.

  7. enginenoun

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

  8. engineverb

    To assault with an engine.

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

  9. engineverb

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

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

  10. Etymology: 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'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ENGINEnoun

    Etymology: engin, French; ingegno, Italian.

    This is our engine, towers that overthrows;
    Our spear that hurts, our sword that wounds our foes. Edward Fairfax.

    The sword, the arrow, the gun, with many terrible engines of death, will be well employed. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    He takes the scissars, and extends
    The little engine on his fingers ends. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

    Some cut the pipes, and some the engines play;
    And some, more bold, mount ladders to the fire. Dryden.

    Prayer must be divine and heavenly, which the devil with all his engines so violently opposeth. Brian Duppa, Rules for Devotion.

    They had th’ especial engines been, to rear
    His fortunes up into the state they were.


  1. Engine

    An engine or motor is a machine designed to convert one or more forms of energy into mechanical energy.Available energy sources include potential energy (e.g. energy of the Earth's gravitational field as exploited in hydroelectric power generation), heat energy (e.g. geothermal), chemical energy, electric potential and nuclear energy (from nuclear fission or nuclear fusion). Many of these processes generate heat as an intermediate energy form, so heat engines have special importance. Some natural processes, such as atmospheric convection cells convert environmental heat into motion (e.g. in the form of rising air currents). Mechanical energy is of particular importance in transportation, but also plays a role in many industrial processes such as cutting, grinding, crushing, and mixing. Mechanical heat engines convert heat into work via various thermodynamic processes. The internal combustion engine is perhaps the most common example of a mechanical heat engine, in which heat from the combustion of a fuel causes rapid pressurisation of the gaseous combustion products in the combustion chamber, causing them to expand and drive a piston, which turns a crankshaft. Unlike internal combustion engines, a reaction engine (such as a jet engine) produces thrust by expelling reaction mass, in accordance with Newton's third law of motion. Apart from heat engines, electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical motion, pneumatic motors use compressed air, and clockwork motors in wind-up toys use elastic energy. In biological systems, molecular motors, like myosins in muscles, use chemical energy to create forces and ultimately motion (a chemical engine, but not a heat engine). Chemical heat engines which employ air (ambient atmospheric gas) as a part of the fuel reaction are regarded as airbreathing engines. Chemical heat engines designed to operate outside of Earth's atmosphere (e.g. rockets, deeply submerged submarines) need to carry an additional fuel component called the oxidizer (although there exist super-oxidizers suitable for use in rockets, such as fluorine, a more powerful oxidant than oxygen itself); or the application needs to obtain heat by non-chemical means, such as by means of nuclear reactions.


  1. engine

    An engine is a machine or device designed to convert one form of energy into mechanical energy. This conversion can be achieved through various types of fuels or energy sources, with different kinds of engines such as internal combustion engines in cars or steam engines in trains. Engines generally work by creating motion, usually by the combustion of fuel, to power systems or vehicles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enginenoun

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

  2. Enginenoun

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

  3. Enginenoun

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

  4. Enginenoun

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

  5. Engineverb

    to assault with an engine

  6. Engineverb

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

  7. Engineverb

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

  8. Etymology: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Engine

    en′jin, n. a complex and powerful machine, esp. a prime mover: a military machine: anything used to effect a purpose: a device: contrivance: (obs.) ability, genius.—v.t. to contrive: to put into action.—ns. En′gine-driv′er, one who manages an engine, esp. who drives a locomotive; Engineer′, an engine maker or manager: one who directs works and engines: a soldier belonging to the division of the army called Engineers, consisting of men trained to engineering work.—v.i. to act as an engineer.—v.t. to arrange, contrive.—ns. Engineer′ing, the art or profession of an engineer; En′gine-man, one who drives an engine; En′gine-room, the room in a vessel in which the engines are placed; En′ginery, the art or business of managing engines: engines collectively: machinery; En′gine-turn′ing, a kind of ornament made by a rose-engine, as on the backs of watches, &c.—Civil engineer (see Civil). [O. Fr. engin—L. ingenium, skill. See Ingenious.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. engine

    A type of machine created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The engine worked so effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ENGINE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ENGINE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ENGINE in a Sentence

  1. Eswar Priyadarshan:

    It's like buying a Toyota and getting a third-party engine installed - it's going to break.

  2. Jeff Gordon:

    You work all these years coming down here and you want all the cars to run well, and if you have one up front and a couple in the back, in the middle; but this is a tribute to our organization, the engine shop, the chassis, body shop, and the teams to come down here and run with four cars running that good. I cant believe it.

  3. Daniel Skjeldam:

    It's designed to take excessive energy from the engines and put into the battery when the ship doesn't need it, and put it back into the engine when the ship needs it — it is a way of reducing emissions significantly without having charging stations available.

  4. Tony Uphoff:

    How could this be happening? You have an obvious need, and you have a tremendous engine of supply.

  5. United Airlines:

    United Flight 328 experienced an engine failure and safely returned to Denver International. We are in contact with the The FAA, The NTSB and local law enforcement, the NTSB is investigating and has directed that any persons with debris from this event contact their local law enforcement agency.

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