Meaning of ENGINE in English

n.1 a mechanical contrivance consisting of several parts working together, esp. as a source of power.

2 a a railway locomotive. b fire-engine. c steam engine.

3 archaic a machine or instrument, esp. a contrivance used in warfare.

Phrases and idioms:

engine-driver the driver of an engine, esp. a railway locomotive. engine-room a room containing engines (esp. in a ship).


engined adj. (also in comb.). engineless adj.

Etymology: OF engin f. L ingenium talent, device: cf. INGENIOUS

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.