engine vs motor :

engine or 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.

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Definitions

  • n  motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  • n  something used to achieve a purpose
    an engine of change
  • 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.
    medieval engines of war

  • n  machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
  • n  a nonspecific agent that imparts motion
    happiness is the aim of all men and the motor of all action
  • v  travel or be transported in a vehicle
    They motored to London for the theater
  • s  conveying information to the muscles from the CNS
    motor nerves
  • s  causing or able to cause motion
    motor energy
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