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Old Oct 11, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Red 61
Actually, not true. In physics terms, an internal combustion ENGINE is an engine. An electric MOTOR is a motor.
Um... tautologies, anyone?

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Originally Posted by Red 61
They are NOT interchangeable.
I didn't say they were interchangeable. I said they're both correct. By analogy, "father" and "man" are not interchangable, but both correctly apply to me, if that makes my meaning clearer.

Merriam-Webster says an engine is (among other things)

4 : a machine for converting any of various forms of energy into mechanical force and motion

You seem to be using a narrower definition, can you elaborate? It has to emply a thermodynamic process, or something like that?
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