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.
Recent Examples on the Web The class topics at Outschool include structural engineering, drawing animation and forensic science. Hang Nguyen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How some companies are helping parents cope with child care during the pandemic," 15 Nov. 2020 Nearly half of the respondents operate in the manufacturing and industrial (23.8%) and construction, engineering, and real estate (19.8%) sectors. Tom Plaut, The Enquirer, "Deloitte Cincinnati 100: Companies confident as they reboot, enter 'Thrive' phase of pandemic," 12 Nov. 2020 The Old Rockside and Broadrock Court project -- including engineering, construction, construction inspection and easements -- is estimated to cost roughly $2.6 million. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma scheduling 2021 EPA-mandated septic-to-sewer conversions on Old Rockside and Broadrock Court," 11 Nov. 2020 The academies offer different focuses to high school, such as preparation for pursuing a medical career or an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano ISD high school academy open houses getting underway, applications open soon," 9 Nov. 2020 Several Democratic candidates with degrees and work experience in chemistry, engineering, ecology, and medicine have been defeated in House and Senate races. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "All the ways the 2020 election has influenced science policy so far," 6 Nov. 2020 The other would handle engineering, design and project management. Jill Tucker,, "Here’s where San Francisco propositions stand on election night," 3 Nov. 2020 Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, Allen didn’t just play on the album but also aided in its mixing, engineering, production and rearrangements of several Arkestra classics. Washington Post, "Marshall Allen is 96 years old and still leading one of the most visionary jazz groups of all time," 30 Oct. 2020 Civics used to be a large part of a child’s school curriculum, but that started changing in 1957, when more emphasis was placed on science, engineering, and math after the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, National Geographic, "How the election can spark civic engagement in kids," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of engineering

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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