- 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
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Examples from the Web for civil engineer
He had, soon afterwards, married the sister of the civil-engineer Ribera.
A mixture of military and civil-engineer administration and operation is mentioned as unsatisfactory in results.Afghanistan and the Anglo-Russian Dispute
Theo. F. Rodenbough
"It seems to me I would rather be a civil-engineer than anything else," answered the boy, a little hesitatingly.
Now, without really knowing anything about it, he thinks he would like to become a civil-engineer.
As civil-engineer, employed on public works, Ribera enjoyed a good salary.
- a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc
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