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Engine, 1) any device or contrivance: “their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these --s of lust,” All's III, 5, 21. “she shall file our --s with advice,” Tit. II, 1, 123. “devise --s for my life,” Oth. IV, 2, 221.
2) any instrument or implement: the e. of her thoughts (viz the tongue) Ven. 367. Tit. III, 1, 82. “an e. fit for my proceeding,” Gentl. III, 1, 138 (i. e. a rope-ladder). Especially any machine for purposes of war: “sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any e., would I not have,” Tp. II, 1, 161. “the ram that batters down the wall, they place before his hand that made the e.” Troil. I, 3, 208. “let him, like an e. not portable, lie under this report,” II, 3, 143. “when he walks, he moves like an e.” Cor. V, 4, 19. “the fatal e.” Tit. V, 3, 86 (the Trojan horse). you mortal --s (cannon) Oth. III, 3, 355. An instrument of torture: “that, like an e., wrenched my frame of nature from the fixed place,” Lr. I, 4, 290.
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