Meaning of ENGINE in English
— engineless , adj.
/en"jeuhn/ , n.
1. a machine for converting thermal energy into mechanical energy or power to produce force and motion.
2. a railroad locomotive.
3. a fire engine.
4. any mechanical contrivance.
5. a machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or piece of artillery.
6. Obs. an instrument of torture, esp. the rack.
[ 1250-1300; ME engin ingenium nature, innate quality, esp. mental power, hence a clever invention, equiv. to in- IN- 2 + -genium, equiv. to gen- begetting (see KIN) + -ium -IUM ]
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012