from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.
- n. Such a machine distinguished from an electric, spring-driven, or hydraulic motor by its use of a fuel.
- n. A mechanical appliance, instrument, or tool: engines of war.
- n. An agent, instrument, or means of accomplishment.
- n. A locomotive.
- n. A fire engine.
- n. Computer Science A search engine.
- transitive v. To equip with an engine or engines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Cunning, trickery.
- n. The result of cunning; a plot, a scheme.
- n. A device to convert energy into useful mechanical motion, especially heat energy
- n. A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.
- n. A person or group of people which influence a larger group.
- n. the brain or heart.
- n. A software system, not a complete program, responsible for a technical task (as in layout engine, physics engine).
- v. To assault with an engine.
- v. To equip with an engine; said especially of steam vessels.
- v. To rack; to torture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Natural capacity; ability; skill.
- n. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; a machine; an agent.
- n. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
- n. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
- transitive v. To assault with an engine.
- transitive v. To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels.
- transitive v. (Pronounced, in this sense, �����.) To rack; to torture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Innate or natural ability; ingenuity; craft; skill.
- n. An artful device or contrivance; a skilfully devised plan or method; a subtle artifice.
- n. An instrumental agent or agency of any kind; anything used to effect a purpose; an instrumentality.
- n. An apparatus for producing some mechanical effect; especially, a skilful mechanical contrivance: used in a very general way.
- n. Specifically— A snare, gin, or trap.
- n. A mechanism, instrument, weapon, or tool by which a violent effect is produced, as a musket, cannon, rack, catapult, battering-ram, etc.; specifically, in old use, a rack for torture; by extension, any tool or instrument: as, engines of war or of torture.
- n. More particulary— A skilfully contrived mechanism or machine, the parts of which concur in producing an intended effect; a machine for applying any of the mechanical or physical powers to effect a particular purpose; especially, a self-contained, self-moving mechanism for the conversion of energy into useful work: as, a hydraulic engine for utilizing the pressure of water; a steam-, gas-, or air-engine, in which the elastic force of steam, gas, or air is utilized; a fire-engine; stationary or locomotive engines. In popular absolute use, the word generally has reference to a locomotive engine. See these words.
- To contrive.
- To assault with engines of war.
- To torture by means of an engine; rack.
- To furnish with an engine or engines: as, the vessel was built on the Clyde and engined at Greenwich.
- n. A locomotive which has two or more pairs of driving-wheels coupled together by side or parallel rods.
- n. A form of engine in which the crank is driven by the pressure on two rectangular pistons, the second of which traverses in a suitable recess in the first This double motion enables the pistons to follow the angular displacement of the crank without the use of connecting-rods, and gives a square section to the case inclosing the two pistons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
- n. motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
- n. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
- n. something used to achieve a purpose
Middle English engin, skill, machine, from Old French, innate ability, from Latin ingenium; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English engin, from Old French engin ("skill", "cleverness", "war machine"), from Latin ingenium ("innate or natural quality, nature, genius, a genious, an invention, in Late Latin a war-engine, battering-ram"), from ingenitum, past participle of ingignere ("to instil by birth, implant, produce in"); see ingenious. Engine originally meant 'ingenuity, cunning' which eventually developed into meaning 'the product of ingenuity, a plot or snare' and 'tool, weapon'. (Wiktionary)