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civil engineer

noun

  1. a person who designs public works, as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and harbors, or supervises their construction or maintenance.


civil engineer

noun

  1. a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc


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Derived Forms

  • civil engineering, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of civil engineer1

First recorded in 1785–95

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Example Sentences

Today’s software developers are akin to civil engineers in the 1940s and 1950s who designed bridges and roads, creating an infrastructure that paved the path for enormous widespread progress.

Farmers, construction workers, civil engineers, blacksmiths, carpenters, accountants know what they are working on, and whether it is a benefit to society or not.

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He’s a civil engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

His father, a civil engineer, was working on an assignment in the Middle East when Gideon was born.

He’s a civil engineer who consults on home construction projects but he worked his way through the planning organizations and neighborhood activist groups.

Before the uprising began in February, Mahmoud Derrat, 26, was a civil engineer.

"I'm just a plain civil engineer, now," said Hale, "an engineer without even a job and—" his face darkened.

He may do this as a mechanical engineer, as a civil engineer, as an electrical engineer, as a mining engineer; it matters not.

At about this time—perhaps in 1793—Fulton gave up painting as a profession, and became a civil engineer.

By making him an able civil engineer, it laid the foundation of his future eminence in a military capacity.

His profession of civil engineer she steadily ignored; perhaps, however, she did not ignore it more than Lucian himself did.

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