Part of speech: noun

A machine by which power, as of steam, is applied to the doing of work; any powerful mechanism or instrumentality.

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Usage examples "engine":

  1. Neither a dead engine nor a dead speech will move anybody. - "The Art of Public Speaking", Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein.
  2. More than the whole building, leaving out the engine, would sell for. - "Lessons in Life, For All Who Will Read Them", T. S. Arthur.
  3. Let's have the engine out! - "Will of the Mill", George Manville Fenn.