Meaning of ENGINE in English

I. ˈen-jən noun

Etymology: Middle English engin, from Anglo-French, from Latin ingenium natural disposition, talent, from in- + gignere to beget — more at kin

Date: 13th century

1. obsolete

a. : ingenuity

b. : evil contrivance : wile


a. : something used to effect a purpose : agent , instrument

mournful and terrible engine of horror and of crime — E. A. Poe

b. : something that produces a particular and usually desirable result

engine s of economic growth


a. : a mechanical tool: as

(1) : an instrument or machine of war

(2) obsolete : a torture implement

b. : machinery

c. : any of various mechanical appliances — often used in combination

fire engine

4. : a machine for converting any of various forms of energy into mechanical force and motion ; also : a mechanism or object that serves as an energy source

black holes may be the engine s for quasars

5. : a railroad locomotive

6. : computer software that performs a fundamental function especially of a larger program

• en·gine·less adjective

II. transitive verb

( en·gined ; en·gin·ing )

Date: 1868

: to equip with engines

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