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engine

noun apparatus, appliance, contraption, convenience, device, facility, generator, locomotive, machine, machinery, means, meehanical aid, mechanical device, mechanism, method, motor, muscle power, power plant, powerhouse, source of power, tool, transducer, transformer, turbine, utensil, utility
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It struck me as a peculiarity that the laborers at the forge and those who brought fuel to the engine, when they began to draw short breath, positively emitted smoke from their mouth and nostrils.
While he was speaking the bell of the engine rang, and we dashed away after dropping a few passengers, but receiving no new ones.
My mate's arm's broke; my engineer's head's cut open; my Ray went out when the engines smashed; and
I've known a derelict up-end and sift her engines out of herself and flicker round the Lower Lanes for three weeks on her forward tanks only.
He travelled with his engine from farm to farm, from county to county, for as yet the steam threshing-machine was itinerant in this part of Wessex.
What, then you don't--' the little voice began, when it was drowned by a shrill scream from the engine, and everybody jumped up in alarm, Alice among the rest.
At this cry the whole ship's crew hurried towards the harpooner-- commander, officers, masters, sailors, cabin boys; even the engineers left their engines, and the stokers their furnaces.
For twenty minutes the Coldwater bucked the great seas with her three engines.
All this time it had been impossible to work upon the damaged engines or the gravity-screen generators; but we had a full set of instruments upon the bridge, for Alvarez, after discovering my intentions, had fetched the reserve instruments from his own cabin, where he had hidden them.
Rout had gone away, and Captain MacWhirr could feel against his ear the pulsation of the engines, like the beat of the ship's heart.
The wood-encased bulk of the low-pressure cylinder, frowning portly from above, emitted a faint wheeze at every thrust, and except for that low hiss the engines worked their steel limbs headlong or slow with a silent, determined smoothness.
The furnaces roared, and the powerful engines whizzed and clanked, like a great metallic heart.