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engineering

[en-juh-neer-ing]
noun
  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.
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Origin of engineering

First recorded in 1710–20; engineer + -ing1
Related formsnon·en·gi·neer·ing, noun, adjectivepre·en·gi·neer·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-engineering

engineering

noun
  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
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Word Origin and History for pre-engineering

engineering

n.

1680s, from engineer (n.). Meaning "work done by an engineer" is from 1720. As a field of study, attested from 1792. An earlier word was engineership (1640s); engineery was attempted in 1793, but it did not stick.

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pre-engineering in Science

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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