noun en·gi·neer \ˌen-jə-ˈnir\

: a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures : a person who specializes in a branch of engineering

: a person who runs or is in charge of an engine in an airplane, a ship, etc.

: a person who runs a train

Full Definition of ENGINEER

:  a member of a military group devoted to engineering work
obsolete :  a crafty schemer :  plotter
a :  a designer or builder of engines
b :  a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering
c :  a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance
:  a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

Examples of ENGINEER

  1. Design engineers are working on ways to make the cars run more efficiently.
  2. The engineer stopped the train.
  3. Army engineers were called in to construct the canal.

Origin of ENGINEER

Middle English engineour, from Anglo-French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith



: to plan, build, or manage (something) by using scientific methods

: to produce or plan (something) especially in a clever and skillful way

: to change the genetic structure of (a plant or animal)

Full Definition of ENGINEER

transitive verb
:  to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer <engineer a bridge>
a :  to contrive or plan out usually with more or less subtle skill and craft <engineer a business deal>
b :  to guide the course of <engineer a rally>
:  to modify or produce by genetic engineering <corn engineered to resist crop pests>

Examples of ENGINEER

  1. The rebels engineered a successful attack.
  2. <the mayor engineered an agreement to have a major league team play in our city>

First Known Use of ENGINEER



transitive verb en·gi·neer \ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ENGINEER

:  to modify or produce by genetic engineering <insulin made by genetically engineered bacteria—Technical Survey>
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