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[ en-juh-neer-ing ]


  1. the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences, as physics or chemistry, as in the construction of engines, bridges, buildings, mines, ships, and chemical plants.
  2. the action, work, or profession of an engineer.
  3. Digital Technology. the art or process of designing and programming computer systems:

    computer engineering;

    software engineering.

  4. skillful or artful contrivance; maneuvering.


/ ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ /


  1. the profession of applying scientific principles to the design, construction, and maintenance of engines, cars, machines, etc ( mechanical engineering ), buildings, bridges, roads, etc ( civil engineering ), electrical machines and communication systems ( electrical engineering ), chemical plant and machinery ( chemical engineering ), or aircraft ( aeronautical engineering ) See also military engineering


/ ĕn′jə-nîrĭng /

  1. The application of science to practical uses such as the design of structures, machines, and systems. Engineering has many specialities such as civil engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

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  • nonen·gi·neering noun adjective
  • preen·gi·neering adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of engineering1

First recorded in 1710–20; engineer + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

As part of the restructuring, Cruise said it would double down on its engineering efforts.

By early last year Aurora had lined up multiple partners, raised an impressive war chest and burnished a reputation for having some of the top engineering talent.

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Thankfully though, genetic engineering has already shown that we can improve how efficiently these microbes can be used in green recycling.

So he returned for a dual MBA and master’s in engineering through the Leaders for Global Operations program.

Since 2004, Brenner has served as a professor of the practice in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University.

The Great Lakes states, for example, boast the largest concentration of engineering jobs (more than 318,000) of any major region.

The revival of industry makes such engineering talent critical to regional success.

Pragnell spent three months in Japan engineering prefabricated warehouses.

The income of a software engineering intern at Facebook is comparable, with monthly incomes of over $6,500.

He is also soliciting funds for university fellowships in agronomy and engineering.

This letter indirectly points out two long-standing radical errors in engineering phraseology.

Or perhaps his knowledge of engineering gives rise to the question, How did it work?

He hath instructed the said Francisco Uville in the art of making drawings of mines, and in engineering.

As Sir George Grove said, his organs are celebrated for "their excellent engineering qualities."

And one would scarcely suspect harum-scarum Bobby Hargrew of engineering such a delicate bit of business.


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