civil engineer


: an engineer whose training or occupation is in the design and construction especially of public works (such as roads or harbors)
civil engineering noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her father, James Gang, was a civil engineer with a soft spot for bridges, and summer vacations were family road trips to see the landmarks of his profession. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 Combs is a 20-year resident of Chula Vista and has been working as an assistant civil engineer with the city of San Diego for the past six years. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 The silos that fell on Tuesday were the last of the structurally-unsound northern bloc, according to Emmanuel Durand, a French civil engineer who has volunteered to work alongside rescuers to monitor the structure. Nader Durgham, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 Joni Donoho is the assistant principal at Sunnymede Elementary School, and Riley Donoho is a civil engineer at Ebbing Air National Guard base. Monica Brich, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2022 Frerichs, 60, is a civil engineer from Lombard, Illinois, who had been working as a contractor. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2022 Her mother, father, and brother travelled on a Special Immigrant Visa, granted for her mother’s role as a civil engineer, designing and building bridges and roads for American projects. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2022 His father was a civil engineer who worked on the Panama Canal, and his mother was a homemaker. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 Chris Dombeck, a civil engineer with the county’s water and sewer engineering department, explained the updates and changes to the council. Jason Fontelieu, Baltimore Sun, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civil engineer was in 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Civil engineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

civil engineer


: an engineer whose training or occupation is in the designing and construction of public works (as roads or harbors) and of various private works
civil engineering noun
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