en·​gi·​neer·​ing ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ How to pronounce engineering (audio)
: the activities or function of an engineer
: the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people
: the design and manufacture of complex products
software engineering
: calculated manipulation or direction (as of behavior)
social engineering
compare genetic engineering

Examples of engineering in a Sentence

This control panel is a good example of smart engineering.
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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of engineering was in 1697

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Cite this Entry

“Engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​gi·​neer·​ing ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce engineering (audio)
: the science or profession of developing and using nature's power and resources in ways that are useful to people (as in designing and building roads, bridges, dams, or machines and in creating new products)
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