en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ How to pronounce engineering (audio) \

Definition of engineering

1 : the activities or function of an engineer
2a : the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people
b : the design and manufacture of complex products software engineering
3 : 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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In 2017, an independent report from a California engineering firm concluded that, in the Los Angeles region, storage fields like Aliso Canyon’s are not necessary to prevent blackouts. Larry Buhl, The New Republic, "The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home," 8 July 2019 The event is free and there are companies represented for jobs from receptionist to vice president in the areas of finance, healthcare, IT, engineering to name a few. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 7 July 2019 This year’s theme is Harry Potter Magical engineering., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 6 July 2019 These devices have a host of engineering obstacles to overcome in the coming years. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa," 5 July 2019 Well, that's kind of reverse engineering on a decision that's already been made, which was the very definition of pretextual. . Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census," 5 July 2019 Europe’s are regarded as the best at sophisticated engineering. The Economist, "Obituary: Lee Iacocca," 4 July 2019 Egg enthusiasts with an engineering bent might try to enhance their cooking power by building off the pavement. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 As a student in the engineering school, Gupta plans to study computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence, and a minor in economics., "Portland’s ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Avi Gupta on winning $100,000: ‘It was like stepping into my TV’," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of engineering

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of engineering

: the work of designing and creating large structures (such as roads and bridges) or new products or systems by using scientific methods
: the control or direction of something (such as behavior)


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Kids Definition of engineering

: the application of science to the goal of creating useful machines (as automobiles) or structures (as roads and dams) industrial engineering computer engineering

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