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Definition 1: motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work - [noun denoting artifact]

(engine is a kind of ...) machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion

(... is a kind of engine ) the engine that powers and aircraft

(... is a kind of engine ) the engine that propels an automobile

(... is a kind of engine ) (nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)

(... is a kind of engine ) engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction

(... is a kind of engine ) any engine that makes use of heat to do work

(... is a kind of engine ) a jet or rocket engine based on a form of aerodynamic propulsion in which the vehicle emits a high-speed stream

(engine is a part of ...) an engine shaft with cams attached to it

(engine is a part of ...) wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

"the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"

Definition 2: a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for engine in the sense of this definition

(engine is a kind of ...) a wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion

(... is a kind of engine ) a child's word for locomotive

(... is a kind of engine ) steam-powered locomotive for drawing heavy loads along surfaces other than tracks

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive that carries its own fuel and water; no tender is needed

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive powered by a steam engine

(... is a kind of engine ) a small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive that precedes a train to check the track

(... is a kind of engine ) (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive that is powered by an electric motor

(... is a kind of engine ) a small locomotive

(... is a kind of engine ) a locomotive driven by a diesel engine

(engine is a part of ...) the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls

(engine is a part of ...) an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

(... is a member of engine) public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive

"express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"

Definition 3: an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc. - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where engine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • medieval engines of war

(engine is a kind of ...) a device that requires skill for proper use

(... is a kind of engine ) a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings

(... is a kind of engine ) an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

Definition 4: something used to achieve a purpose - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where engine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an engine of change

(engine is a kind of ...) any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

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