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Engine and machine behaviour

backfire

verb

if a car backfires, its engine makes a loud noise like an explosion

burn up

if a machine or vehicle burns up fuel, it uses the fuel to work

cut out

if an engine or machine cuts out, it suddenly stops working

cycle

noun

a set of things that a machine does as part of a process

engagement

noun

the action of parts of a machine when they connect with each other

fire

verb

if an engine fires, it starts to work

flood

verb

if you flood an engine, or if it floods, too much fuel goes into it and it will not start

go

verb

if a machine or piece of equipment goes, it operates correctly

grind

verb

if a machine or vehicle grinds, it moves or works slowly, noisily, and with difficulty

grind

verb

if parts of a machine grind, or if someone grinds them, they rub together and make an unpleasant noise

idle

verb

if an engine idles, it runs slowly and does not produce any movement

jam

verb

if a machine, lock, window etc jams, it does not work because something stops it from moving

jump

verb

to work in a way that is not continuous or smooth

knock

verb

if an engine or machine knocks, it makes noises that show it is not working correctly

malfunction

verb

to fail to work or operate correctly

mesh

verb

if parts of an engine or other machine mesh, they connect with each other tightly and work together

misfire

verb

if an engine misfires, the fuel does not burn in the right way and it does not work smoothly

miss

verb

if an engine misses, it fails to burn the fuel and loses power

mode

noun

one of a series of ways that a machine can be made to work

performance

noun

the speed and effectiveness of a machine or vehicle

pink

verb

if a car’s engine pinks, it makes a noise because the fuel is not burning properly

power

noun

the ability of a machine or vehicle to operate quickly and effectively

rev

verb

if you rev an engine, or if it revs, you press the accelerator with your foot when the vehicle is not moving in order to make the engine operate faster

roll

verb

if a machine such as a camera rolls, it works

sense

verb

if a machine senses a change, it notices that it is happening

splutter

verb

if something such as an engine splutters, it makes a series of short noises because it is not working well

sputter

verb

if an engine sputters, it makes noises like small explosions and seems likely to stop

stall

verb

if a vehicle or its engine stalls, or if the driver stalls it, it suddenly stops working because not enough power is reaching the engine

take

verb

if a piece of equipment takes something, it uses that thing in order to work

take

verb

if a piece of equipment takes something, it is able to accept the size or weight of that thing without breaking

talk

verb

if a machine talks to another machine, it sends information to that machine

tick over

if a car engine is ticking over, it is operating but the car is not moving

turn over

if an engine turns over, or if you turn it over, it starts or continues to operate

uptime

noun

time when a computer or other machine is working

warm up

if a machine or an engine warms up, it becomes ready to be used after someone switches it on

come to life

if something such as a machine comes to life, it begins to work

in operation

working in the normal way

on standby

used about a piece of electrical equipment, for example a television, that is switched on but not in use

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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