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engine

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noun en·gine \ˈen-jən\

Simple Definition of engine

  • : 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

  1. 1 obsolete a :  ingenuity b :  evil contrivance :  wile

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 :  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>

  5. 5 :  a railroad locomotive

  6. 6 :  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

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engine

verb en·gine

Definition of engine

en·gineden·gin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to equip with engines



1868

First Known Use of engine

1868



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