Definitions of engine

  1. To assault with an engine.
  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.
  4. To torture; to rack; to provide with a steam- engine.
  5. motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  6. wheeled vehicle consisting of a self- propelled engine used to draw trains along railway tracks
  7. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
  8. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
  9. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
  10. ( Pronounced, in this sense) Natural capacity; ability; skill.
  11. An apparatus for converting physical force, as heat, into mechanical power; a skilful mechanical contrivance.
  12. 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.
  13. A machine; something used to effect a purpose.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.