from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gas-engine.
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He there proceeded to construct a working engine on the principle above mentioned, but soon discovered that his _flame-engine_, when worked by the combustion of mineral coals, was a different thing from the experimental model he had tried in the highlands of Sweden, with fuel composed of the splinters of fine pine wood.
Mr. Church, in his biography, devotes three chapters to a delightfully condensed account of Ericsson's career in England, whither he went in 1826 to exhibit his flame-engine.