engineer

noun
en·gi·neer | \ˌen-jə-ˈnir \

Definition of engineer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a military group devoted to engineering work

2 obsolete : a crafty schemer : plotter

3a : 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

4 : a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

engineer

verb
engineered; engineering; engineers

Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer engineer a bridge

2a : 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

3 : to modify or produce by genetic engineering corn engineered to resist crop pests

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Verb

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers. guided the scouts through the cave lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order. led his team to victory steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly. steered the ship through a narrow channel pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course. piloted the bill through the Senate engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan. engineered his son's election to the governorship

Examples of engineer in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The rebels engineered a successful attack. the mayor engineered an agreement to have a major league team play in our city
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Roads will be closed starting 9 p.m. Friday, July 27 and until Monday, July 30 and 6 a.m., according to an email from a county traffic official to an engineer at construction firm Whiting-Turner, which is running the demolition. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Road closures as Towson Sheraton pedestrian bridge scheduled for demolition again," 12 July 2018 Nathali Bertran, 25 Mechanical engineer at Honda Motor Co. Camila Russo, Bloomberg.com, "These Are America’s White-Collar Dreamers," 9 July 2018 Nonetheless, technological advances have allowed workers to accelerate construction and otherwise limit inevitable disturbance, said John Habermann, a research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 The astronauts are to spend tody in conferences with missile engineers at Astronautics on the performance of the Atlas. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 28, 1962: Mercury astronauts welcomed," 28 June 2018 Anthony Moffa, a software engineer at Chase, was diagnosed with autism at age 48. Dinah Eng, Fortune, "Where Autistic Workers Thrive," 24 June 2018 Landis has since become an engineer at the Human Engineering Research Lab at the university and is helping to design assistive technology for those who are physically disabled. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Army Vet and Father of 3 Children with Autism Builds Technology to Help the Physically Disabled," 15 June 2018 As a former software engineer at NCR, Jain thought something with computers and coding would be ideal. Arlinda Smith Broady, ajc, "Gwinnett mom’s programming venture gives kids a code for fun," 3 June 2018 Jason Kavanagh is a senior road test engineer at Edmunds. Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds takes closer look at Tesla, Cadillac and Nissan semi-autonomous driving systems," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For decades, the magic formula was to spray fields full of cotton genetically engineered to resist herbicides, such as Roundup, and then watch the weeds dutifully die. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "A&M cotton research could open new front in war on weeds," 5 July 2018 Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger falls into this category because its key ingredient is a protein called heme that is produced by genetically engineered yeast. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 The researchers saw similarly successful results in mice genetically engineered to develop type 2 diabetes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 Such a fight could create two different mileage standards in the U.S., forcing automakers to engineer and produce two versions of each of their vehicle models and driving up costs. CBS News, "Trump hopes to negotiate with California on fuel economy standards," 12 May 2018 Staggered ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Sport tires specifically engineered and tuned for Stinger finished the package. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 The towering shell mounds were built by a people who engineered canals and supported 50,000 people in Southwest Florida by fishing. Bonnie Gross, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Lee County: Matlacha evolves from tiny fishing village to artsy town," 6 May 2018 The lab will focus on immunotherapy, a treatment where a patient’s own immune cells, or T cells, are genetically engineered to recognize and attack a cancer. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "University of Maryland opens cancer lab in Baltimore named after Peter Angelos' sister," 30 Apr. 2018 Students are applying the same techniques — known as CRISPR, short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats — that scientists use to engineer crops and cure genetic disorders. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Waubonsie students experiment with DNA with bioethics in mind," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of engineer

Noun

circa 1635, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for engineer

Noun

Middle English engineour, from Anglo-French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin

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engineer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of engineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

engineer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

engineer

noun
en·gi·neer | \ˌen-jə-ˈnir \

Kids Definition of engineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who designs and builds machinery or technical equipment : a person who studies or works in a branch of engineering an electrical engineer

2 : a person who runs or is in charge of a railroad engine or other machinery or technical equipment

engineer

verb
engineered; engineering

Kids Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to plan, build, or manage as an engineer They engineered a faster race car.

2 : to plan out in a skillful or clever way : contrive The general engineered the defeat of the enemy.

engineer

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

Medical Definition of engineer 

: to modify or produce by genetic engineering insulin made by genetically engineered bacteriaTechnical Survey

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