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The Latin word ingenium, which is also the root of the word clever, is the Old French word for engine. Pre-industrial war weapons like catapults, trebuchets, and battering rams were known as siege engines, and their construction methods were frequently kept a military secret. Like cotton gin, the word gin is short for engine.

The steam engine is a notable example of a mechanical device that was described as an engine during the industrial revolution. However, the first steam engines, like Thomas Savery’s, were pumps rather than mechanical engines. This way, a fire engine was just a water pump when it first started, and horses carried the engine to the fire.

The term “motor” was initially used to distinguish the internal combustion engine from the steam engine, which was widely used at the time to power steam rollers and locomotives. The Latin verb moto, which means “to set in motion” or “maintain motion,” is the source of the term motor. As a result, a motor is a device that causes movement.

Although a variety of motors and pumps may be utilized in an automobile with an internal combustion engine, the engine ultimately provides all of these devices with their power. Another way to look at it is that while an engine generates power from pressure (derived directly from the explosive force of combustion or another chemical reaction, or secondarily from the action of some such force on other substances such as air, water, or steam), a motor receives power from an external source and then converts it into mechanical energy.