engine

noun
en·​gine | \ ˈen-jən How to pronounce engine (audio) \

Definition of engine

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1 : 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
2 : a railroad locomotive
3a : 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
4a : machinery
b : any of various mechanical appliances often used in combination fire engine
c : a mechanical tool: such as
(1) : an instrument or machine of war
(2) obsolete : a torture implement
5 : computer software that performs a fundamental function especially of a larger program
6 obsolete
a : ingenuity
b : evil contrivance : wile

engine

verb
engined; engining

Definition of engine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to equip with engines

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Other Words from engine

Noun

engineless adjective

Synonyms for engine

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of engine in a Sentence

Noun The car has a four-cylinder engine. tanks, planes, and other engines of war The tax cut could be an engine of economic growth.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cobb equipped each cylinder of the engine with its owner burner and igniter, so that a flame spits out of each. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2021 The impetus for this latest expansion taking effect is that the plant will be the exclusive North American producer of the twin-turbo V6 engine for the 2022 Tundra. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 20 Sep. 2021 The shape and size of the engine could affect the plane’s wing design, to single out just one potential complication. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2021 The new truck is expected to use a twin-turbo V-6 instead of the current V-8 engine, and will feature coil springs in the rear. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2021 One story stuck with her: A young lady walking through the door of her office building two blocks away from the World Trade Center was struck by pieces of an engine that tore up her back. Ben Brasch, ajc, 10 Sep. 2021 All of this was threaded together through the use of the Unreal game engine, with special effects and atmospheric video processing to create mood. Katherine Brodsky, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Benedictine handed Central Catholic its first loss in convincing fashion, building a 35-0 lead with two interceptions by junior Ryan Konyecsni serving as part of the engine. Matt Goul, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 What disturbed Jesse Taggart was the sound of an engine, revving and closing distance on him at an alarming speed. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From crying babies to engine turbines, the earbuds provided smooth listening and drowned out all distractions. Nina Huang, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Boeing and Airbus have often timed all-new aircraft to engine technology that provides a step-change in efficiency, such as the GEnx turbofans that made Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner twin-aisle greener and quieter than its predecessors. BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021 Changes to the truck, from chassis to body to engine to interior, reflect consumer needs, requests and complaints. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of engine

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6a

Verb

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for engine

Noun

Middle English engin, from Anglo-French, from Latin ingenium natural disposition, talent, from in- + gignere to beget — more at kin

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The first known use of engine was in the 14th century

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“Engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engine. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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engine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of engine

: a machine that changes energy (such as heat from burning fuel) into mechanical motion
: the vehicle that pulls a train : locomotive
: something that is used for a particular purpose

engine

noun
en·​gine | \ ˈen-jən How to pronounce engine (audio) \

Kids Definition of engine

1 : a mechanical tool or device tanks, planes, and other engines of war
2 : a machine for driving or operating something especially by using the energy of steam, gasoline, or oil

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