• WordNet 3.6
    • n engine motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
    • n engine an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc. "medieval engines of war"
    • n engine a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
    • n engine something used to achieve a purpose "an engine of change"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Frick portable steam engine of 1877 Frick portable steam engine of 1877
Ruin of Newcomen engine Ruin of Newcomen engine
Twin screw propeller and steam engine Twin screw propeller and steam engine
Locomobile steam engine Locomobile steam engine
Branca's Steam Engine Branca's Steam Engine
Savery's Engine Savery's Engine
Desaguliers's Engine Desaguliers's Engine
Papin's Engine with Water-Wheel Papin's Engine with Water-Wheel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first jet engine was invented by Frank Whittleof of England in 1930.
    • Engine (Mach) A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
    • Engine Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture. "Terrible engines of death."
    • Engine Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; a machine; an agent. "You see the ways the fisherman doth take
      To catch the fish; what engines doth he make?"
      "Their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust."
    • Engine Natural capacity; ability; skill. "A man hath sapiences three,
      Memory, engine , and intellect also."
    • Engine To assault with an engine. "To engine and batter our walls."
    • Engine To equip with an engine; -- said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
    • Engine To rack; to torture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The search engine Google got its name from the word "googol," which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it
    • n engine Innate or natural ability; ingenuity; craft; skill.
    • n engine An artful device or contrivance; a skilfully devised plan or method; a subtle artifice.
    • n engine An instrumental agent or agency of any kind; anything used to effect a purpose; an instrumentality.
    • n engine An apparatus for producing some mechanical effect; especially, a skilful mechanical contrivance: used in a very general way.
    • n engine Specifically— A snare, gin, or trap.
    • n engine 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 engine 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.
    • engine To contrive.
    • engine To assault with engines of war.
    • engine To torture by means of an engine; rack.
    • engine To furnish with an engine or engines: as, the vessel was built on the Clyde and engined at Greenwich.
    • n engine A locomotive which has two or more pairs of driving-wheels coupled together by side or parallel rods.
    • n engine 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
    • n Engine en′jin a complex and powerful machine, esp. a prime mover: a military machine: anything used to effect a purpose: a device: contrivance:
    • v.t Engine to contrive: to put into action
    • v.i Engine to act as an engineer
    • v.t Engine to arrange, contrive
    • n Engine en′jin (obs.) ability, genius
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound”
  • Marcel Pagnol
    Marcel Pagnol
    “My advice is to look out for engineers. They begin with sewing machines and end up with nuclear bombs.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “For 'Tis the sport to have the engineer hoisted with his own petard.”
  • Joyce Cary
    Joyce Cary
    “The will is never free -- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car -- it can't steer.”
  • George S. Patton
    “I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. engin, skill, machine, engine, L. ingenium, natural capacity, invention; in, in + the root of gignere, to produce. See Genius, and cf. Ingenious Gin a snare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. engin—L. ingenium, skill. See Ingenious.


In literature:

Through it all the engines turned steadily, driven to their utmost speed by the engineers and firemen.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
The armament had been removed and the original gasoline engines were gone.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He found the engineer smoking near the engine hatch.
"Command" by William McFee
Opening up his engines, O'Malley roared after his flight.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
The Guernsey passenger, hanging about the engine-room hatchway, heard the negro Imbrancam talking to his engineer comrade.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
I like greatly the unthanked, unknown engineers who beat out these paths for the people who are to come after.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The engine roared up, gears clanked and crashed, and the transport lunged forward.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
In the engine room, too, was a comfortable upholstered lounge for the engineer on duty to rest upon.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
Bill Kruchek's going-faster-than-hell engines, engineers called them.
"Planet of the Gods" by Robert Moore Williams
By John Montresor, Sub-Engineer, and Lieutenant Samuel Holland, Captain and Assistant Engineer.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various

In poetry:

When we are going in a train
At sixty miles an hour,
We marvel at the mighty speed,
And at the engines’ power.
"Earth’s Motion" by Edith L M King
And so we ride
Over land and tide,
Without a thought of fear—
Man never had
The faith in God
That he has in an engineer!
"The Word Of An Engineer" by James Weldon Johnson
Swiftly passed the engine's call,
Hastening souls on to death,
Warning not one of them all;
It brought despair right and left.
"Ashtabula Disaster" by Julia A Moore
The solo of the sounding wire,
The smoky engine's whistle,
Have drowned the sound of Yarrow stream,
The green trees' waving rustle.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
Stood half-naked infants shivering
With heart-frost amid the heat;
Manhood's shrunken sinews quivering
To the engine's horrid beat!
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
The tempest howls,
The Ice Wolf prowls,
The winds they shift and veer,
But calm I sleep,
And faith I keep
In the word of an engineer.
"The Word Of An Engineer" by James Weldon Johnson

In news:

1984 Toranado 307 engine & trans 120,000 on engine, tranny fresh rebuild.
Numbers of minority engineers are growing but they still make up a small percentage of total engineers.
The number of minority professionals in engineering is creeping up, but not fast enough, according to a new report by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Search Engine Marketing is not everybody's cup of tea particularly then when you have no idea on what Search Engine Optimisation is and how this can be played with to bring the entire results in your favour.
General Motors' Town of Tonawanda Engine Plant has bid farewell to an engine it had produced since 1999, as it moves on to new products.
Nitrex Metal received an order from China's Xi'An Aero-Engine Group, a manufacturer of turbojet and turbofan engines and gas turbines.
Founded as an engine service company in 1932, Dallas Airmotive continues to specialize in engine repair and overhaul.
Greenman Pedersen, Inc (GPI), an engineering and construction services firm based out of Babylon with a Buffalo branch, has acquired Abate Associates Engineering and Surveyors, P.C.
" And solving problems is what engineers do, based on their accumulated knowledge of materials, properties, processes and applications – using both scientific/engineering and practical "hands on" approaches.
While Bob Crawford, right, watches, instructor Adam Bieri, left, overrides the governor on a small engine on its test run after being taken apart and put back together in the small engine class.
OURAY COUNTY – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has put the kibosh on an engineered proposal that would leave Laurence "Butch" Gunn's illegal tire dump in place.
KJWW Engineering Consultants is pleased to be part of the team for the SSM St Clare Health Center, recently named a 2011 Vista Award winner from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering ( ASHE ).
The plant produces engines for the Japanese automaker , and is now making four-cylinder engines for Mercedes.
This asset management tool communicates directly with the engine and monitors engine and equipment problems, reducing costly, unexpected failures that impact your bottom line.
Under Cole's leadership, GM tripled the engineering staff at Chevrolet , allowed more freedom in design and engine work and Chevrolet got more involved in auto racing.

In science:

Second, it represents a sophisticated reasoning engine with several years of development.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
This statement is what most physicist and engineers are interested in, at least for low Reynolds numbers.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Program of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.
U-duality Between NCOS Theory and Matrix Theory
The finite element codes evaluate the Cij directly, but for simplicity we report the engineering constants.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Ulam: Monte Carlo calculations in problems of mathematical physics, in Modern Mathematics for the Engineers, E.F.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations