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Engine meaning

An engine or motor, is a machine designed to convert one form of energy into mechanical energy. Heat engines, including internal combustion engines and external combustion engines (such as steam engines) burn a fuel to create heat, which then creates a force. Electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical motion, pneumatic motors use compressed air and others—such as clockwork motors in wind-up toys—use elastic energy. In biological systems, molecular motors, like myosins in muscles, use chemical energy to create forces and eventually motion. ^ "Motor".


  1. (noun) (Pronounced, in this sense, ////.) Natural capacity; ability; skill.
  2. (noun) Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
  3. (v. t.) (Pronounced, in this sense, /////.) To rack; to torture.
  4. (v. t.) To assault with an engine.
  5. (noun) A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
  6. (noun) Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
  7. (v. t.) To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
Word: en·gine
Pronunciation of engine: 'en-j&n
Function of engine: noun
Origin of engine: Middle English engin, from Middle French, from Latin ingenium natural disposition, talent, from in- gignere to beget -- more at KIN
1 obsolete a : INGENUITY b : evil contrivance : WILE
2 : something used to effect a purpose : AGENT, INSTRUMENT <mournful and terrible engine of horror and of crime -- E. A. Poe>
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 : 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 : a railroad locomotive

Synonyms of engine