engine vs motor : Common Errors in English

About engine vs motor

People who work on them distinguish between the electrically powered unit called the “motor” and the engine which it starts; but even in auto-parts stores the stuff which by that logic should be called “engine oil” is marketed as “motor oil.” Similarly, the English go motoring on motorways. In everyday American discourse, the terms are often interchangeable (you can buy a powerful engine for your motorboat), but you’ll embarrass yourself if you don’t make the distinction when talking to your mechanic.

engine Meaning(s)

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

motor Meaning(s)

  • (n) machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
  • (n) a nonspecific agent that imparts motion
  • (v) travel or be transported in a vehicle
  • (s) conveying information to the muscles from the CNS
  • (s) causing or able to cause motion

engine in News

  1. Used Chevy Silverado Engine in V6 Size Added for Sale Online at EnginesforSale.org

    Used Chevy Silverado engine in V6 size is now added for online sale at the EnginesforSale.org company. These six-cylinder motors are offered in 4.3L size to offer buyers this entry-level engine for an affordable price online. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/used-chevy-silverado-v6/engine-for-sale-chevy/prweb10826431.htm
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Used Honda CRV Engine Added for Sale Inside Import Inventory for Buyers at UsedEngines.co

    Used Honda CRV engine is now added for online sale inside the import inventory of engines for buyers at the UsedEngines.co company. These Honda B, K and R series motors are offered to import vehicle owners for reduced prices to aid with lower cost replacements. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/used-honda-crv-engines/honda-engines-cr-v-sale ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Engine Yard Names Rob Walters as CTO

    Engine Yard, the leading Platform as a Service , today announced that Rob Walters has been appointed as the company's new CTO. Walters will play a major role in shaping the company's technology strategy ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

motor in News

  1. Toyota Motor Sales Drives Over A Half Billion Dollars in Spending Through Coupa

    Coupa Software, a leading provider of cloud-based spend optimization solutions for finance, today announced that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. successfully processed over a half-billion dollars in spending through the Coupa platform.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Ford Motor To Present At Deutsche Bank Global Conference; Webcast At 11:00 AM ET

    Ford Motor To Present At Deutsche Bank Global Conference; Webcast At 11:00 AM ET
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  3. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Introduces All-New 2014 FZ-09

    Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is proud to introduce the all-new FZ-09 for the 2014 model year.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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