from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.
- noun Such a machine distinguished from an electric, spring-driven, or hydraulic motor by its use of a fuel.
- noun A mechanical appliance, instrument, or tool.
- noun An agent, instrument, or means of accomplishment.
- noun A locomotive.
- noun A fire engine.
- noun Computers A search engine.
- transitive verb To equip with an engine or engines.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
- noun A locomotive which has two or more pairs of driving-wheels coupled together by side or parallel rods.
- noun 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.
- noun Innate or natural ability; ingenuity; craft; skill.
- noun An artful device or contrivance; a skilfully devised plan or method; a subtle artifice.
- noun An instrumental agent or agency of any kind; anything used to effect a purpose; an instrumentality.
- noun An apparatus for producing some mechanical effect; especially, a skilful mechanical contrivance: used in a very general way.
- noun Specifically— A snare, gin, or trap.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb obsolete To assault with an engine.
- transitive verb To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels.
- transitive verb obsolete To rack; to torture.
- noun obsolete Natural capacity; ability; skill.
- noun Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; a machine; an agent.
- noun Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
- noun (Mach.) A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
- noun one who manages an engine; specifically, the engineer of a locomotive.
- noun (Mach.) See under
- noun a machine tool.
- noun (Fine Arts) a method of ornamentation by means of a rose engine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete
- noun obsolete The result of cunning; a
plot, a scheme.
- noun engineering A
deviceto convert energyinto useful mechanical motion, especially heat energy
- noun A powered
locomotiveused for pulling cars on railways.
- noun A person or group of people which influence a larger group.
- noun informal the brain or heart.
- noun computing A software system, not a complete
program, responsible for a technical task (as in layout engine, physics engine).
- verb obsolete To
assaultwith an engine.
- verb dated To
equipwith an engine; said especially of steam vessels.
- verb obsolete To
rack; to torture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
- noun motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
- noun a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
- noun something used to achieve a purpose
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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