from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An internal-combustion engine in which the fuel is derived from oil, usually a derivative from petroleum, injected as a mist or spray mixed with air.


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  • And then by a stroke of luck the membrane Filmer had invented for his contractile balloon was discovered to be useful for the valves of a new oil-engine, and he obtained the means for making a trial model of his invention.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • But where current cannot be had from an electricity-supply undertaking, and it is a question, in the event of electric lighting being adopted, of generating current by driving a dynamo, either by means of a gas-engine supplied from public gas-mains, by means of a special boiler installation, or by means of an oil-engine or of a power gas-plant and gas-engine, the claims of acetylene to preference are very strong.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • An employer pleading for an applicant before the Egham Tribunal stated that he had an oil-engine which nobody else would go near.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, November 28, 1917

  • Formerly a steam engine was necessary for the paying in and out of the cable, but nowadays this is accomplished by means of a petrol-driven motor, an oil-engine, or even by the engine of an automobile.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War

  • Young Evans, who, next to the single-cylinder printing-press driven by the little oil-engine that had sustained a shell-casualty at the beginning of the siege, adored Lady Hannah, vanished behind the corrugated partition that separated the office from the printing-room, and presently came back in inky shirt-sleeves with a smear of lubricating-oil upon his forehead, and laid the wet slips upon the Editorial table.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Daimler engine eight years later, the oil-engine had steadily developed in lightness and power, but no engine exactly suitable for his purpose was on the market, so he resolved to build one.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 The Part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force


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