When communicating to another about the hunk of metal in which gasoline burns under the hood to move the heavy boxes that we travel great distances in short amounts of time within, what word do you use to designate said hunk of metal?
I've always called it an engine and thought it weird when anyone called it a motor. While it is a motor, engine seems more appropriate(specific) when talking about it in this case.
A motor is a machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion.
An engine is a motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work.
No poll? Thinking about it, I use both (no idea in what ratios, except qualitatively - engine wins). From the definitions, either "motor" or "engine" is fine, since it's both. Engine's just more specific. You can pretty quickly come up with some very ridiculous overly specific things you could call it to differentiate from all the types of heat engine. Kind of entertaining to ponder. Well, if you have a silly bent of mind.
I guess in the future, it might matter more with electric power becoming more common.
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i associate engine w/ internal combustion, as in ICE...
car, boat, lawnmower, etc engine.
non ICE, i use motor...
power window, fan, forklift(electric), etc motor
Thats how I think of it too, though the first guy is right about an engine being a motor but not vice versa.
I call them engine mounts...
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