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engine (the following are the only S. senses)
1. artifice, contrivance, device, plot All'sW. III. v. 20 “all these e-s of lust,” Tit. II. i. 123, Oth. IV. ii. 221 “engines for my life.”
2. mechanical contrivance, machine, implement Gent. III. i. 138 “an ” (viz. a rope ladder) “fit for my proceeding”; fig. Ven. 367 “the of her thoughts” (viz. her tongue); instrument of warfare Tp. II. i. 168, Troil. I. iii. 208, II. iii. 144 “an Not portable,” Cor. V. iv. 20, Oth. III. iii. 356 “you mortal e-s” (viz. cannons); cf. Tit. V. iii. 86 “the fatal ” (viz. the Trojan horse); instrument of torture Lr. I. iv. 292.
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