Translation of engine in Spanish:

engine

Pronunciation: /ˈendʒən; ˈendʒɪn/

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (motor) motor (masculine) the ship's engines las máquinas del barco (before noun/delante del nombre) [block/bearing/mounting] del motor to have engine trouble tener* problemas con el motor
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    • At the time, the big advantage of petrol engines over steamed powered cars was that they required only one kind of fuel, instead of a combination of coal and water.
    • The device will disable the ignition of a car or stop its engine while in motion.
    • Diesel-powered submarines use combustion engines to provide power and charge the sub's batteries.
    1.2 (locomotive) locomotora (feminine), máquina (feminine)
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    • And a final word… In about three years it will be time to mark the bi-centenary of the first successful use of a steam railway engine anywhere in the world.
    • The all-time roster of steam locomotives totalled just 60 engines, less than half of which were acquired new.
    • Three engines and 11 boxcars derailed near the 3800 block of Croton Avenue.
    1.3
    (siege engine)
    máquina (feminine) de guerra
    1.4 (instrument) [literary/literario] instrumento (masculine)
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    • Private initiative will provide the engine for growth and will be the major force in developing the economy.
    • The report said urbanisation and the second stage of industrialisation are the two new growth engines.
    • Cities are engines of growth and cultural expansion and finding answers to the question of how cities can remain viable in the future is one of the most urgent challenges world-wide.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.