en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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Snap’s head of engineering, Jerry Hunter, is also from Amazon. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snap hired two new executives to replace departing Imran Khan, CEO Evan Spiegel’s right-hand man," 24 Oct. 2018 Gravel said at a meeting Tuesday night that Beltline rail has had more vetting than any other rail project on the MARTA list, with engineering, environmental work, planning and community engagement all completed. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 In a city flush with stately—and historic—edifices, the National Building Museum, which is dedicated to architecture, engineering, and design, still manages to stand out. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 Kulwicki received his engineering degree from UW-Milwaukee, was successful on the regional short-track scene and then made his way in NASCAR with his smarts and dedication. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where racing will take him, Justin Mondeik can't be sure, but he's eager to follow the road," 9 July 2018 Look for increase in demand in the technology, chemical, engineering, data analysis and offshore industries. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Education, training crucial to energy industry success," 8 July 2018 More students are pursuing nuclear engineering degrees than at any time since the early 1980s, with graduation rates in the field tripling between 2001 and 2015, according to survey data from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse," 7 July 2018 Who knew there were so many different types of engineering degrees?! Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "20 Majors That Lead To The Highest-Paying Jobs After College," 21 June 2018 The law, financial and engineering firms accused in the lawsuit did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Gov. Wolf sues law firms, debt advisor for bond losses," 21 May 2018

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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)


en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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