from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The room or apartment of a vessel in which the engines are placed.


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  • However, the inspection, conducted through contractors, found some issues requiring attention—namely, engine-room components dirty with oil.

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  • “Ring off,” Captain MacElrath commanded in his slow thick voice; and the third officer worked the lever of the engine-room telegraph.


  • We battened down the engine-room hatch, and the sea rose to it and over it and climbed perilously near to the cabin companion-way and skylight.


  • He sniffed down the forecastle hatch, sniffed into the galley where two Chinese cooks jabbered unintelligibly to him, sniffed down the cabin companionway, sniffed down the engine-room skylight and for the first time knew gasoline and engine oil; but sniff as he would, wherever he ran, no scent did he catch of Skipper.


  • The shattered wreck of the lifeboat they had held lay on the fiddley beside the smashed engine-room skylight, which was covered by a tarpaulin.


  • In the biggest high-profile incident in the U.S. in recent years, more than 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor were towed to shore in 2010 by a Mexican tugboat after an engine-room fire cut off the ship's electricity.

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  • As an oiler in the great engine-room I was confident that few things concerning steam would escape me.

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  • Before that you must pass through the engine-room as an oiler.

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  • I was passing coal to the firemen, who shovelled it into the furnaces, where its energy was transformed into steam, which, in the engine-room, was transformed into the electricity with which the electricians worked.

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  • Explosions in the engine-room area could have been avoided or delayed if the system was designed to automatically take these steps when gas was detected, the report concluded.

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