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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Engine \En"gine\ ([e^]n"j[i^]n), n. [F. engin skill, machine, engine, L. ingenium natural capacity, invention; in in + the root of gignere to produce. See Genius, and cf. Ingenious, Gin a snare.] 1. Note: (Pronounced, in this sense, [e^]n*j[=e]n".) Natural capacity; ability; skill. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A man hath sapiences three, Memory, engine, and intellect also. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything used to effect a purpose; any device or contrivance; a machine; an agent. --Shak. [1913 Webster] You see the ways the fisherman doth take To catch the fish; what engines doth he make? --Bunyan. [1913 Webster] Their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Any instrument by which any effect is produced; especially, an instrument or machine of war or torture. "Terrible engines of death." --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mach.) A compound machine by which any physical power is applied to produce a given physical effect. [1913 Webster] Engine driver, one who manages an engine; specifically, the engineer of a locomotive. Engine lathe. (Mach.) See under Lathe. Engine tool, a machine tool. --J. Whitworth. Engine turning (Fine Arts), a method of ornamentation by means of a rose engine. [1913 Webster] Note: The term engine is more commonly applied to massive machines, or to those giving power, or which produce some difficult result. Engines, as motors, are distinguished according to the source of power, as steam engine, air engine, electro-magnetic engine; or the purpose on account of which the power is applied, as fire engine, pumping engine, locomotive engine; or some peculiarity of construction or operation, as single-acting or double-acting engine, high-pressure or low-pressure engine, condensing engine, etc. [1913 Webster]