- 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 engineered
Clay engineered the morally indefensible Missouri Compromise.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
Andy Johns engineered the sessions and we recorded it at Olympic Studios.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
In this way, Jenna Hamilton is a reimagining of the sensitive outsider, engineered for the digital era.In Praise of ‘Awkward’: OMFG MTV, Like, Really Gets High School
June 20, 2014
It has been the object of much Russian propaganda, its members the alleged “fascists” who engineered the Maidan revolution.Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
Their appearances are engineered and underwritten by record labels and public relations firms.Can Jimmy Fallon Be Himself on ‘The Tonight Show’?
February 17, 2014
She had engineered it carefully, and she was, at least in matters like these, a clever woman.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
“Well, I must say you engineered it wonderfully,” declared Hoggan.The White Lie
William Le Queux
Petersburg was then in the throes of a general strike—which the Wilhelmstrasse had engineered.The Paliser case
And now had he not engineered perhaps the fulfilment of his own prophecy?The Call of the Blood
Robert Smythe Hichens
That it is a capitalists' war, engineered by company promoters and Jews.The War in South Africa
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 engineered
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.