An automobile engine.
- An example of an engine is what makes a car run.
- An example of an engine is the car that pulls a train.
- any machine that uses energy to develop mechanical power; esp., a machine for transmitting motion to some other machine
- a railroad locomotive
- any instrument or machine; apparatus: engines of warfare, engines of torture
- fire engine
- Archaic any means or device
- Comput. any software designed to perform a basic function
Origin of engineMiddle English engin, native talent, hence something produced by this from Old French from Classical Latin ingenium, natural ability, genius from in-, in + base of gignere, to beget: see genus
- a. A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.b. Such a machine distinguished from an electric, spring-driven, or hydraulic motor by its use of a fuel.
- a. A mechanical appliance, instrument, or tool: engines of war.b. An agent, instrument, or means of accomplishment.
- A locomotive.
- A fire engine.
- Computers A search engine.
transitive verben·gined, en·gin·ing, en·gines
Origin of engineMiddle English engin skill, machine from Old French innate ability from Latin ingenium ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; an agent.
- A large construction used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult etc. [from 14th c.]
- (now archaic) A tool; a utensil or implement. [from 14th c.]
- A complex mechanical device which converts energy into useful motion or physical effects. [from 16th c.]
- A person or group of people which influence a larger group; a driving force. [from 16th c.]
- The part of a car or other vehicle which provides the force for motion, now especially one powered by internal combustion. [from 19th c.]
- A self-powered vehicle, especially a locomotive, used for pulling cars along a track. [from 19th c.]
- (computing) A software or hardware system responsible for a specific technical task (usually with qualifying word). [from 20th c.]
- a graphics engine; a physics engine
(third-person singular simple present engines, present participle engining, simple past and past participle engined)
From Anglo-Norman engine, Old French engin (“skill, cleverness, war machine”), from Latin ingenium (“innate or natural quality, nature, genius, a genius, an invention, in Late Latin a war-engine, battering-ram”), from ingenitum, past participle of ingignere (“to instil by birth, implant, produce in”). Compare gin, ingenious.
engine - Computer Definition
(2) Software that performs a very specific and repetitive function in contrast to an application that has many functions offered to the user. For example, a "search engine" or "database engine" responds to user queries over and over again. An "SMTP engine" forwards mail. A "dictionary engine" looks up words. A "rendering engine" forms the text and images that are displayed and printed. See search engine, database engine and rendering engine.