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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

When Ford sells a car, a dealer isn't allowed to take out the engine and put a different one in. When a newsstand sells the Washington Post, no one can go to the newsstand and pay them to rip out the classified section and put their own classified section in - if they could, they would do so.
Bill Gates

Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it won't take long before you feel the impact.
Barack Obama

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

Women are the engine driving the growth in California's economy. Women make California's economy unique.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Consumerism is at once the engine of America and simultaneously one of the most revealing indicators of our collective shallowness.
Henry Rollins
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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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