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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun engine:


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Definition of the noun engine

What does engine mean as a name of something?

Engine is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: engines

  1. motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  2. something used to achieve a purpose
  3. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  4. an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.

Alternative definition of the noun engine


  1. [obsolete] Cunning, trickery.
  2. [obsolete] The result of cunning; a plot, a scheme.
  3. [engineering] A device to convert energy into useful mechanical motion, especially heat energy
  4. A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.
  5. A person or group of people which influence a larger group.
  6. [informal] the brain or heart.
  7. [computing] A software system, not a complete program, responsible for a technical task (as in layout engine, physics engine).


  1. Engine is a Japanese television drama series from Fuji Television, first shown in Japan from 18 April to 27 June 2005.
  2. "Engine" is a 2010 short film directed by Miguel Ildefonso.


  1. "Engine" is the fourteenth studio album by Japanese band Loudness. It was released in 1999. All music is by Akira Takasaki and all lyrics by Masaki Yamada, except "Ace in the Hole" with music by Hirotsugu Homma and lyrics by Kayla Ritt.
  2. "Engine" is the second album by American Music Club. It was jointly released by Frontier and Grifter in the US and by Zippo in the UK and Europe in 1987. The 1998 Warner Bros. Records reissue added three additional tracks from the same period. The artwork for the Zippo UK release features an incorrect tracklisting, putting the songs in the wrong order.
  3. "Engine": Engine is Engine's self-titled album.
  4. "Engine" is Jinn's second mini album, released on July 14, 2010.
  5. "Engine" is a musical single of Gum Me & Dominik De Leon.
    • released on
  6. "Engine" is a musical single of Roberto Rodriguez.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Engine" is a musical album of Die Warzau.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  8. "Engine" is a musical single of LA Priest.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  9. "Engine" is a musical album of We're About 9.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  10. "Engine" is a musical album of Adrenalin Drum.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  11. "Engine" is a composition.
  12. "Engine" a.k.a. "A Farewell to Arms" is the twelfth studio album by the Norwegian hard rock band TNT, released on 15 December 2010 in Japan. The album is in stark contrast to the previous two TNT albums, being a very 1980s-melodic rock-oriented album. The album is titled Engine in the US and Scandinavia.


  1. Engine were a British boogie rock band formed in July 1979 in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, England.
  2. Engine is an American progressive metal band. Engine's lead singer is Ray Alder of Fates Warning.
  3. Engine is a musical group.
    • album: "Red Moon Rises"
  4. Engine is a greek stoner rock group.
    • album: "The Budgie EP"

There are other groups with in their name, like Engine-V, Engine 54, Engine 88, Engine Kid, Pet Engine, Engine Down, Twin Engine, twin-engine, Black Engine, Model engine, Nerve Engine, Spoil Engine, Honest Engine, Static Engine, Cricket Engine, Engine of Pain, Baphomet Engine, Southeast Engine, The Crash Engine and The Dream Engine.


  1. Engine is a non-profit group advocating for public policies that encourage the growth of technology startups in San Francisco, California. Engine is composed of a 501 called Engine Research Foundation and a 501 called Engine Advocacy. The organization researches and advocates around the issues of open Internet, intellectual property reform, privacy laws, Internet and spectrum access, diversity in technology, and immigration reform. Google, SV Angel, 500 Startups, Mozilla, Yelp and the Startup Genome support the organization.
  2. Engine: An engine is a continuation-based construct that provides timed preemption. Engines which can contain other engines are sometimes called Nesters and engines which do not have this ability are then called flat engines or "solo engines". To implement timed preemption there needs to be a clock. This clock can measure real time or simulated time. Simulated time can be implemented in a language like Scheme, by making each function start with decrementing the clock.
  3. Engine is a radio campaign.
  4. The engine used to power this race car.

Phrases with Engine

Phrases starting with the word Engine:

  1. engine room
  2. engine block
  3. engine driver

Phrases ending with the word Engine:

  1. In-Engine
  2. gas engine
  3. ion engine
  4. jet engine
  5. Duct Engine
  6. fire engine
  7. Game Engine
  8. heat engine
  9. tank engine
  10. twin-engine
  11. Light Engine
  12. pilot engine
  13. Siege engine
  14. Solar Engine
  15. steam engine
  16. diesel engine
  17. donkey engine

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Engine

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Google previewAdvances n Mechanical Engineering (2010)

One of the most highly stress component of a reciprocating internal combustion engine is a piston.

Google previewOil Field Engineering (1913)

Engine is the six cylinder, four cycle type with automatic inlet valves and water cooled exhaust valves. Ignition is...

Google previewThe Railway Age (1901)

Posted near the engine is an interesting map showing the travels of the "Tramp" as it journeyed to and fro over the...

Google previewMicrosoft SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals (2012)

by Itzik Ben-Gan

The engine is a box engine (hence the same T-SQL is used to query it), but it is limited by the virtualization technology's limitations, such as the number of supported CPUs and memory. The public cloud flavor is called Windows Azure SQL ...

Google previewThermodynamics (2008)

From Concepts to Applications, Second Edition by Arthur Shavit, Chaim Gutfinger

Heat Engines A heat engine is a closed system operating in a cycle while undergoing work and heat interactions. We distinguish between two types of heat engines as follows: Those that use heat to produce work, ∮ W > 0 • Those that ...

Google preview2014 International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Automation (ICMEA2014) (2014)

Introduction The aircraft engine is the heart of aero plane, its complicate structure...

Google previewWildlife Photographer (2008)

by William David Thomas

A jet engine is a very powerful machine. But in one way, it works like a household fan. A fan takes in slow-moving air...

Google previewKnowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (2007)

11th International Conference, KES 2007, Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, September 12-14, 2007, Proceedings by Bruno Apolloni

A forward reasoning engine is an indispensable component in many advanced knowledge-based systems with purposes...

Introduction Forward reasoning engine is a computer program to automatically draw new conclusions by repeatedly ...

Google previewElements of MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (2013)


However, man made a great leap when learnt the use of energy to convert it into power with the help of a machine which does the work and such a machine is called engine. An engine is a device which transforms one form of energy into ...

Google previewBeginning Django E-Commerce (2010)

by James McGaw

Google App Engine is a cloud infrastructure onto which developers can deploy Java- or Python-based web applications. This is an exciting prospect; Google has finally created a cloud into which we can deploy web sites. Much like Amazon's ...

Google previewAdvances in Computer Vision and Information Technology (2008)

by K. V. Kale

INTRODUCTION A search engine is an automatic robot, which indexes Internet data mainly by itself, allowing users to search the Internet via Keyword based queries. Altavista, Lycos, Excite, Hotbot and Infoseek etc. are examples of currently ...

Google previewOBD2 Automotive Code Encyclopedia and Cross Reference Guide

P0749 Pressure Control Solenoid Circuit Intermittent Fault: Engine running, then the ECM detected, twice per vehicle trip, a grounded, open or shorted condition in a line actuator circuit for an amount of time less than that required to set P0768 ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

v-1 vernier engine 1 Vø no tumor in veins ( symbol) ...

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary Or Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

ENGINE, in general, is any Mechanick Instrument compos'd of Wheels, Screws, Pul!ies,firV. by the Help of which, a Body is ...

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Quotes about Engine

There are ghosts inside of the engine of my car
And while I am driving my car
I hear some funny noises that the engine of my car is making (Aldo Kraas)
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Scrabble value of E1N1G2I1N1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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