noun en·gine \ˈen-jən\

: a machine that changes energy (such as heat from burning fuel) into mechanical motion

: the vehicle that pulls a train

: something that is used for a particular purpose

Full Definition of ENGINE

a :  ingenuity
b :  evil contrivance :  wile
a :  something used to effect a purpose :  agent, instrument <mournful and terrible engine of horror and of crime — E. A. Poe>
b :  something that produces a particular and usually desirable result <engines of economic growth>
a :  a mechanical tool: as (1) :  an instrument or machine of war (2) obsolete :  a torture implement
b :  machinery
c :  any of various mechanical appliances —often used in combination <fire engine>
:  a machine for converting any of various forms of energy into mechanical force and motion; also :  a mechanism or object that serves as an energy source <black holes may be the engines for quasars>
:  a railroad locomotive
:  computer software that performs a fundamental function especially of a larger program
en·gine·less adjective

Examples of ENGINE

  1. The car has a four-cylinder engine.
  2. tanks, planes, and other engines of war
  3. The tax cut could be an engine of economic growth.

Origin of ENGINE

Middle English engin, from Anglo-French, from Latin ingenium natural disposition, talent, from in- + gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, differential, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction



Definition of ENGINE

transitive verb
:  to equip with engines

First Known Use of ENGINE



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