Definitions of engine

  1. something used to achieve a purpose; " an engine of change"
  2. motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  3. wheeled vehicle consisting of a self- propelled engine used to draw trains along railway tracks
  4. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
  5. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
  6. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
  7. To assault with an engine.
  8. ( Pronounced, in this sense) Natural capacity; ability; skill.
  9. To equip with an engine; - said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
  10. ( Pronounced, in this sense) To rack; to torture.
  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 by which power, as of steam, is applied to the doing of work; any powerful mechanism or instrumentality.
  15. 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.
  16. To torture; to rack; to provide with a steam- engine.
  17. 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.

Usage examples for engine

  1. Half were in the car in front of the engine, half in that behind. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  2. Since I found you looking into the engine- room? – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  3. Mr. Howbridge finally gave up the attempt to start the engine. – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  4. You're still working on the engine? – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  5. But when the anchor was not yet half up, I stopped the engine, and let the chain run again. – The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel
  6. Down with you to the engine- room. – On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles by Thomas Charles Bridges
  7. Oh don't say Willum is- Bill Garvie's all right, said the engine- driver, as he brushed past the girl and went up- stairs. – The Iron Horse by R.M. Ballantyne
  8. Did you say you run an engine? – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne
  9. The engine- driver certainly did not attempt to do so, and he was quite right. – Round the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  10. Flossie, did you ever see an engine eat? – The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea by Laura Lee Hope
  11. Like so many German officers who go to America, in his time he had been everything- waiter, lift- man, engine- driver and heaven knows what else, but when I met him he was apparently well- off. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  12. You couldn't see a piece of that engine above water as big as your hand, and how I got out alive is more than I know. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  13. I suppose it is quite easy to leave by the way we came in- through the engine- room? – The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  14. A moment later he had started his engine; and in yet another moment his car was out of sight round the corner of the road. – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  15. " Val, you run the engine," she said without looking up. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  16. As the moon shines with a reflected light, so the dynamo gives off energy by a power delegated to it by the steam- engine that rotates it, and the steam- engine owes its life to the burning coal, and the burning coal is only giving up an energy that was stored ages ago by the magic of the sunbeam; and the sun-? – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  17. So once more I decided to go over that engine. – The River and I by John G. Neihardt