- a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer.
- a person who operates or is in charge of an engine.
- Also called locomotive engineer. Railroads. a person who operates or is in charge of a locomotive.
- a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
- Digital Technology. a person skilled in the design and programming of computer systems: a software engineer; a web engineer.
- a skillful manager: a political engineer.
- to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
- to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
- to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.
Origin of engineer
Examples from the Web for engineer
When engineer Williams first heard the song, it reminded him of hit songs by Johnny “Guitar” Watson.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
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To take an “Asian” job like engineer, scientist, programmer.Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me
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They had a very South American mentality where you had to have a very dependable job—a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer.Feeding Diddy’s Art Addiction: How Maria Brito Buys Art for Celebrites
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Maria “Macarena” Paz, a Caracas engineer, is underwhelmed by this explanation.Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
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A third engineer I talked to called the alloys “unobtainium.”Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
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"It was providential, your seeing the rock," he said to the engineer.Brave and Bold
So Bill Nevins, my engineer, who was workin' the h'ister, and I went up.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
In his work as engineer he had had occasion to study up Morse in heliographing.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
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The room was not at all what one might expect of an engineer's study.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
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The engineer knows best what tools to use in strengthening his own machine.The Stark Munro Letters
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- a person trained in any branch of the profession of engineering
- the originator or manager of a situation, system, etc
- a mechanic; person who repairs or services machines
- US and Canadian the driver of a railway locomotive
- an officer responsible for a ship's engines
- Informal name: sapper a member of the armed forces, esp the army, trained in engineering and construction work
- to originate, cause, or plan in a clever or devious mannerhe engineered the minister's downfall
- to design, plan, or construct as a professional engineer
Word Origin and History for engineer
early 14c., "constructor of military engines," from Old French engigneor, from Late Latin ingeniare (see engine); general sense of "inventor, designer" is recorded from early 15c.; civil sense, in reference to public works, is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "locomotive driver" is first attested 1832, American English. A "maker of engines" in ancient Greece was a mekhanopoios.