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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENGINE

By this engine, whose springs I am continually oiling, I play them all off.

But when K., growing uneasy, came out into the yard, the engine had started at last.

The total weight of the monoplane with engine and propeller is 352 pounds.

I did not want to start the engine until I had finished everything else.

Fuel consumption is a prime factor in the production of engine power.

These blades are joined at the engine shaft, in a direct line.

I had seen the flying-belt thrown from the machine and the stoppage of the engine.

Only then is the engine working on its bed-plate brought to a standstill.

Old mare's kinder skeery o' the engine, so I tied her a piece off.

There they were, all huddled together with the engine and the fires.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "mechanical device," also "skill, craft," from Old French engin "skill, cleverness," also "trick, deceit, stratagem; war machine" (12c.), from Latin ingenium "inborn qualities, talent" (see ingenious). At first meaning a trick or device, or any machine (especially military); sense of "device that converts energy to mechanical power" is 18c., especially of steam engines.

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locomotive

nounmachine moving vehicle
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