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civil engineer

a person who designs public works, as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and harbors, or supervises their construction or maintenance.
Origin of civil engineer
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The civil engineer will be more accurate in his measurements and calculations.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Through the influence of the former he adopted the profession of a civil engineer.

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    Harry A. Lewis
  • Next expectant:--A civil engineer with fondness for travel and inventions.

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  • As he objected to be a lawyer, he might become a civil engineer.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Watt now began to practise as a land-surveyor and civil engineer.

  • Mad as hornets, they sought their civil engineer, but he was nowhere to be found.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • Then there are the chaplain, civil engineer and professor of mathematics.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • It seems that her husband is a civil engineer of considerable fame.

  • And do you really think you are going to enjoy becoming a civil engineer?

    Dave Porter and His Double Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for civil engineer

civil engineer

a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc
Derived Forms
civil engineering, noun
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