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Engine meaning

engine - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self- propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  2. 2. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
  3. 3. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture.
  4. 4. A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect.
  5. 5. To assault with an engine.
  6. 6. ( Pronounced, in this sense) Natural capacity; ability; skill.
  7. 7. To equip with an engine; - said especially of steam vessels; as, vessels are often built by one firm and engined by another.
  8. 8. ( Pronounced, in this sense) To rack; to torture.
  9. 9. A machine; something used to effect a purpose.

engine - examples of usage

  1. Frequently, indeed, the man who sells the engine will give credit for its price, that is, will lend the sum of money to the buyer, just sufficient to enable him to buy it. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. " I'm awfully sorry," he added, when, the engine running, he resumed his place. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. Also the coming of the engine relieved her from what threatened to become a permanent embarrassment. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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