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Definition of Engine


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

Engine Quotations

Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.
Nikola Tesla

Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let's all go exploring.
Edith Widder

NASA is an engine of innovation and inspiration as well as the world's premier space exploration agency, and we are well served by politicians working to keep it that way, instead of turning it into a mere jobs program, or worse, cutting its budget.
Bill Nye

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

The Internet, like the steam engine, is a technological breakthrough that changed the world.
Peter Singer
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Engine Translations

engine in Afrikaans is masjien
engine in Danish is lokomotiv
engine in Dutch is locomotief
engine in Finnish is kone, veturi, moottori
engine in German is Motor, Triebwerk, Lokomotive, Maschine, Maschine
engine in Italian is locomotiva, ordigno, motore, gruppo motore
engine in Norwegian is maskin, motor
engine in Portuguese is motor, locomotiva
engine in Swedish is maskin, lokomotiv, motor
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