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View Poll Results: Engine VS Motor

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  • Engine

    52 50.49%
  • Motor

    28 27.18%
  • Engine unless it has a blower then its a blower motor

    17 16.50%
  • Motor until it breaks then its a blown engine not to be confused w/a blower motor

    6 5.83%
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  1. #1
    Mr. Demeanor

    Do you call it a motor or an engine?

    Do you call it a motor or an engine (that thing that moves your boat)?


    Motor- Something, such as a machine or an engine, that produces or imparts motion.
    A device that converts any form of energy into mechanical energy, especially an internal-combustion engine or an arrangement of coils and magnets that converts electric current into mechanical power.

    A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.
    Such a machine distinguished from an electric, spring-driven, or hydraulic motor by its use of a fuel.

    A mechanical appliance, instrument, or tool: engines of war.
    An agent, instrument, or means of accomplishment.
    A locomotive.
    A fire engine.

    By these definitions an engine is a classification of motor that requires a type of fuel.

    I always call it a motor however. Might just be geaographical thing like soda vs. pop.

  2. #2
    Banned cuda's Avatar
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    I refer to them as engines. Motors to me are run on electricity.

  3. #3
    Mr. Demeanor

  4. #4
    Registered convincor's Avatar
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    "Electric Motor"

    "Gas Engine"

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    VERY simple question, especially if you have ever been around aircraft, complex ones having both........

    engines = fuel-powered device

    motor = electrical device

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    Well, we certainly do refer to those floating powered things at the dock as motorboats, and we lube them with motoroil, but I was always taught that to be absolutely correct, an engine is a rotating/RECIPROCATING whatchamacallit while a motor only rotates. But then I guess that if that were really true there wouldn't be any jet or turbine engines. They would be jet or turbine motors. Go figure!!??!! --- Jer

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    Registered HyperBaja's Avatar
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    Engines run on gas

    Motors on electricity.....I say motors sometimes though.

  8. #8
    Jafo is correct!
    VERY simple question, especially if you have ever been around aircraft, complex ones having both........
    engines = fuel-powered device

    motor = electrical device
    Thats what I have always heard!

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    when i was in flight school the instructor corrected me one day and told me engines are internal combustion and motors are electrical. so i agree with jafo.

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    Registered 45sonic's Avatar
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    Engines make the boat go

    Motors lift the hatches when the engine doesn't make the boat go

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