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Definitions of engine

  1. something used to achieve a purpose; "an engine of change" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine used to draw trains along railway tracks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To assault with an engine. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. (Pronounced, in this sense) Natural capacity; ability; skill. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To equip with an engine; - said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. (Pronounced, in this sense) To rack; to torture. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. An apparatus for converting physical force, as heat, into mechanical power; a skilful mechanical contrivance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A complex and powerful machine, esp. a prime mover, a military machine: anything used to effect a purpose. In mech. any mechanical instrument of complicated parts, which concur in producing an intended effect: a machine for applying any of the mechanical or physical powers to effect a particular purpose: esp. a machine for applying steam to propel vessels, railway trains, etc.: a steam-engine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. A machine; something used to effect a purpose. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A machine by which power, as of steam, is applied to the doing of work; any powerful mechanism or instrumentality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A machine composed of different parts, and intended to produce some effect by help of the mechanical powers, as a pump, a windlass, a capstan, a fire-engine, a steam-engine, &c.; a steam-engine specially; anything used to effect a purpose; a means; instrument; tool. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To torture; to rack; to provide with a steam-engine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Any mechanical contrivance; a machine composed of many or different parts in order to produce a certain result; any combination of the mechanical powers for producing an effect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. a term applied exclusively to military affairs in the Bible. The engines to which the term is applied in ( 2 Chronicles 26:15 ) were designed to propel various missiles from the walls of the besieged town. One, with which the Hebrews were acquainted, was the battering ram, described in ( Ezekiel 26:9 ) and still more precisely in ( Ezekiel 4:2 ; 21:22 ) biblestudytools.com
  20. To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another. mso.anu.edu.au
  21. 1. A piece of hardware that encapsulates somefunction but can't be used without some kind of front end.Today we have, especially, "print engine": the guts of alaser printer.2. An analogous piece of software; notionally, one that does alot of noisy crunching, such as a "database engine", or"search engine".The hackish senses of "engine" are actually close to itsoriginal, pre-Industrial-Revolution sense of a skill, cleverdevice, or instrument (the word is cognate to "ingenuity").This sense had not been completely eclipsed by the modernconnotation of power-transducing machinery in CharlesBabbage's time, which explains why he named thestored-program computer that he designed in 1844 the"Analytical Engine". foldoc_fs
  22. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Mechanical contrivance consisting of several parts; =STEAM-e.; FIRE-e.; machine, instrument, used in war; instrument, means; e.-driver (of steam-e., esp. locomotive); e.-lathe (worked by machinery); e.- sized paper (sized by machine); e. -turning, engraving of symmetrical patterns on metals by machine; (v.t.) fit (ship) with steam-ce. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. See dental engine. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  25. n. [Latin] An instrument or tool in general;—any mechanical contrivance for producing and conveying motive power;—specifically, a complex mechanism of wheels, shafts, and cranks, to which motion is communicated by steam;—the mechanical apparatus by which steam power is concentrated and conveyed;—a military missile machine;—an instrument of torture; the rack;—a species of pump to play water upon a fire;—any means used to effect or compass an object;—an agent for another; a handle; a tool. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. Any mechanical complication, in which various movements and parts concur to one effect; a military machine; an instrument to throw water upon burning houses; any means used to bring to pass; an agent for another. Complete Dictionary

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