Engine turning
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • engine turning — noun Etymology: from gerund of engine turn 1. : a method of ornamentation of a surface (as of a watch) by means of a rose engine or lathe 2. : ornamentation in the form of a pattern of fine lines produced by engine turning …   Useful english dictionary

  • engine-turning — enˈgine turning noun A kind of ornament made by a rose engine, such as on the backs of watches, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑engine …   Useful english dictionary

  • engine turning — ornamentation having the form of a pattern of circular arcs, engraved by a rose engine. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • engine turning — /ˈɛndʒən tɜnɪŋ/ (say enjuhn terning) noun the engraving of any symmetrical pattern on a metallic surface by machinery …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 .)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Engine driver — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Engine lathe — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Engine tool — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engine-turn — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb : to ornament or finish with engine turning …   Useful english dictionary

  • Turning — is the process whereby a centre lathe is used to produce solids of revolution . It can be done manually, in a traditional form of lathe, which frequently requires continuous supervision by the operator, or by using a computer controlled and… …   Wikipedia

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