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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. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self- propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  5. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
  6. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
  7. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
  8. To assault with an engine.
  9. ( Pronounced, in this sense) Natural capacity; ability; skill.
  10. To equip with an engine; - said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
  11. ( Pronounced, in this sense) To rack; to torture.
  12. An apparatus for converting physical force, as heat, into mechanical power; a skilful mechanical contrivance.
  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.
  14. A machine; something used to effect a purpose.
  15. A machine by which power, as of steam, is applied to the doing of work; any powerful mechanism or instrumentality.
  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.
  17. To torture; to rack; to provide with a steam- engine.
  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.
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Quotes of engine

  1. The things that I've done that have totally been remembered, they've always started with the same kind of engine they've always started with someone saying 'I have to make this film- I'm going to make this film whatever the odds'. – Jenny Agutter
  2. A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed. – Michael Behe
  3. The will is never free- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car- it can't steer. – Joyce Cary
  4. The automobile engine will come, and then I will consider my life's work complete. – Rudolf Diesel
  5. In Malaysia where the front end pushes so much, extra engine braking is really going to help you. – Sete Gibernau
  6. O, for an engine to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion! – Ben Jonson
  7. People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine – David Letterman
  8. I think that the most beautiful thing lately hasn't been in hardware or software per se but collaboration- the idea behind Napster, which uses the distributed power of the Internet as its engine – Steven Levy
  9. I think the internal combustion engine will disappear from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years because transportation will be mass transportation, or probably electrical power. – Gaylord Nelson
  10. There is not an alternative to the US as the engine for growth. – Rodrigo Rato
  11. We must never forget that it is the private sector- not government- that is the engine of economic opportunity. Businesses, particularly small businesses, flourish and can provide good jobs when government acts as a productive partner. – Bill Richardson
  12. Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running. – Gary Sinise
  13. Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine – Edmund Wilson

Usage examples for engine

  1. Down with you to the engine room. – On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles by Thomas Charles Bridges
  2. Mr. Howbridge finally gave up the attempt to start the engine – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  3. Half were in the car in front of the engine half in that behind. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The engine driver certainly did not attempt to do so, and he was quite right. – Round the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  7. 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
  8. Might have a high- power engine inside of him. – The Greater Power by Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
  9. " Val, you run the engine she said without looking up. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  10. You're still working on the engine – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  11. You will soon be handing your engine of destruction over to the Minister of War, I presume? – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  12. Flossie, did you ever see an engine eat? – The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea by Laura Lee Hope
  13. So once more I decided to go over that engine – The River and I by John G. Neihardt
  14. Here I went forward and asked Kroller how he liked the engine – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Since I found you looking into the engine room? – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  19. 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
  20. Did you say you run an engine – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne