HyperDic: engine

English > 4 senses of the word engine:
NOUNartifactenginemotor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
phenomenonenginesomething used to achieve a purpose
artifactengine, locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotivea wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
artifactenginean instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
engine > pronunciation
Soundseh'njhahn; ih'njhahn
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English > engine: 4 senses > noun 1, artifact
Meaningmotor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work.
PartscamshaftHas cams attached to it
gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, trainwheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
Narroweraircraft engineThe engine that powers and aircraft
automobile engineThe engine that propels an automobile
auxiliary engine, donkey engine(nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)
generatorengine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
heat engineAny engine that makes use of heat to do work
reaction-propulsion engine, reaction engineA jet or rocket engine based on a form of aerodynamic propulsion in which the vehicle emits a high-speed stream
Broadermotormachine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
Spanishlocomotora, máquina, motor, motor térmico
Catalanmotor, motor tèrmic
Nounsengineerthe operator of a railway locomotive
English > engine: 4 senses > noun 2, phenomenon
MeaningSomething used to achieve a purpose.
Example"an engine of change"
Broadercausal agent, cause, causal agencyAny entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
Spanishmotor
Catalanmotor
English > engine: 4 senses > noun 3, artifact
MeaningA wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks.
Synonymslocomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive
Member oftrain, railroad trainpublic transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
Partsfender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilotAn inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
footplateThe platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls
Narrowerchoo-chooA child's word for locomotive
diesel locomotiveA locomotive driven by a diesel engine
dinky, dinkeyA small locomotive
electric locomotiveA locomotive that is powered by an electric motor
iron horse(c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive
pilot engineA locomotive that precedes a train to check the track / track
shunterA small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips
steam locomotiveA locomotive powered by a steam engine
switch engine, donkey engineA locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
tank engine, tank locomotiveA locomotive that carries its own fuel and water
traction enginesteam-powered locomotive for drawing heavy loads along surfaces / surfaces other than tracks
Broaderself-propelled vehicleA wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion
Spanishlocomotora
Catalanlocomotora
Nounsengineerthe operator of a railway locomotive
English > engine: 4 senses > noun 4, artifact
MeaningAn instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc..
Example"medieval engines of war"
Narrowerbattering ramA ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
catapult, arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucketAn engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges
BroaderinstrumentA device that requires skill for proper use

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