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engine (ˈɛndʒɪn Pronunciation for engine



  1. any machine designed to convert energy, esp heat energy, into mechanical work   ⇒ a steam engine, a petrol engine
    1. a railway locomotive
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ the engine cab
  2. (military) any of various pieces of equipment formerly used in warfare, such as a battering ram or gun
  3. (obsolete) any instrument or device   ⇒ engines of torture

Word Origin

C13: from Old French engin, from Latin ingenium nature, talent, ingenious contrivance, from in-2 + -genium, related to gignere to beget, produce

Translations for 'engine'

  • British English: enginePronunciation for engine An engine is a machine that makes things like cars and planes move.ˈɛndʒɪn NOUNmachine
  • Arabic: مُحَرِّكPronunciation for مُحَرِّك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Chinese: 发动机Pronunciation for 发动机
  • Croatian: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Czech: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Danish: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Dutch: motorPronunciation for motorin auto
  • European Spanish: motorPronunciation for motormáquina
  • Finnish: moottoriPronunciation for moottori
  • French: moteurPronunciation for moteur
  • German: MaschinePronunciation for Maschine
  • Greek: μηχανήPronunciation for μηχανή
  • Italian: motorePronunciation for motore
  • Japanese: エンジンPronunciation for エンジン
  • Korean: 엔진Pronunciation for 엔진
  • Norwegian: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Polish: silnikPronunciation for silnik
  • Portuguese: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Romanian: motor motoare
  • Russian: двигательPronunciation for двигатель
  • Spanish: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Swedish: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Thai: เครื่องยนต์Pronunciation for เครื่องยนต์
  • Turkish: motorPronunciation for motor
  • Ukrainian: двигун
  • Vietnamese: động cơPronunciation for động cơ
  • British English: engineˈɛndʒɪn An engine is the front part of a train that pulls it along. NOUNtrain
  • Arabic: مُحَرِّك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: motor
  • Chinese: 火车头
  • Croatian: lokomotiva
  • Czech: lokomotiva
  • Danish: lokomotiv
  • Dutch: locomotief
  • European Spanish: locomotora
  • Finnish: veturi
  • French: locomotive
  • German: Lokomotive
  • Greek: μηχανή
  • Italian: motore
  • Japanese: 機関車
  • Korean: 엔진
  • Norwegian: motor
  • Polish: lokomotywa
  • Portuguese: motor
  • Romanian: locomotivă locomotive
  • Russian: локомотив
  • Spanish: motor
  • Swedish: motor
  • Thai: หัวรถจักร
  • Turkish: motor
  • Ukrainian: паровоз
  • Vietnamese: động cơ

Example Sentences Including 'engine'

After lunch we headed to the marina to take a look inside a working engine and see the mechanism in action.
Yachting Boating World (2004)
Clouds bunched in the sky due north and my Peugeot's engine missed a couple of beats.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
Depending on the choice of search engine , The Herald might not even appear.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
He drove about 300 yards, stopped and switched the engine off.
Tracy Chevalier THE VIRGIN BLUE (2002)
He lay there thinking about her and the voices merged with the throbbing of the engine and the rattle of water against the hull.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)
I'm now allowed on the open road on my own on a bike with an engine size up to 125cc, accompanied by L-plates.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Much of the State's prosperity has been due to an economic engine fuelled by the information technology industry.
Irish Times (2002)
Orsini scrambled to the stern and, after a struggle, managed to get the engine housing off.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)
The eBay engine is firing on all cylinders right now, "analyst Shawn Milne of SoundView Technology told Associated Press.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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