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Meaning of ENGINE

Pronunciation:  'enjun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  2. [n]  wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine used to draw trains along railway tracks
  3. [n]  something used to achieve a purpose; "an engine of change"

ENGINE is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive
 See Also: aircraft engine, automobile engine, auxiliary engine, buffer, camshaft, causal agency, causal agent, cause, choo-choo, cowcatcher, diesel locomotive, donkey engine, electric locomotive, fender, footplate, gearing, gears, geartrain, generator, heat engine, iron horse, motor, pilot, pilot engine, power train, railroad train, reaction engine, reaction-propulsion engine, shunter, steam locomotive, switch engine, tank engine, tank locomotive, traction engine, train, wheeled vehicle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En"gine\, n. [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. (Pronounced, in this sense, ????.) Natural capacity;
       ability; skill. [Obs.]
             A man hath sapiences three, Memory, engine, and
             intellect also.                       --Chaucer.
    2. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or
       contrivance; an agent. --Shak.
             You see the ways the fisherman doth take To catch
             the fish; what engines doth he make?  --Bunyan.
             Their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all
             these engines of lust.                --Shak.
    3. Any instrument by which any effect is produced;
       especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
       ``Terrible engines of death.'' --Sir W. Raleigh.
    4. (Mach.) A compound machine by which any physical power is
       applied to produce a given physical effect.
    {Engine driver}, one who manages an engine; specifically, the
       engineer of a locomotive.
    {Engine lathe}. (Mach.) See under {Lathe}.
    {Engine tool}, a machine tool. --J. Whitworth.
    {Engine turning} (Fine Arts), a method of ornamentation by
       means of a rose engine.
    Note: The term engine is more commonly applied to massive
          machines, or to those giving power, or which produce
          some difficult result. Engines, as motors, are
          distinguished according to the source of power, as
          steam engine, air engine, electro-magnetic engine; or
          the purpose on account of which the power is applied,
          as fire engine, pumping engine, locomotive engine; or
          some peculiarity of construction or operation, as
          single-acting or double-acting engine, high-pressure or
          low-pressure engine, condensing engine, etc.
  2. \En"gine\, v. t.
    1. To assault with an engine. [Obs.]
             To engine and batter our walls.       --T. Adams.
    2. To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam
       vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and
       engined by another.
    3. (Pronounced, in this sense, ?????.) To rack; to torture.
       [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Computing 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", or "search engine".

The hackish 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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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an engine in your dream, represents your heart and its power. Dreaming that you engine is blown or disabled indicates that you have been betrayed.
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