engineering

noun
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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Baltz worked as an engineer for a semiconductor company and studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CBS News, "What we know about the California boat fire victims," 6 Sep. 2019 Baltz worked as an engineer for a semiconductor company and studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Families, engineers, free spirits among boat fire victims," 5 Sep. 2019 Baltz worked as an engineer for a semiconductor company and studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Washington Post, "Newly hired scientist for California among boat fire victims," 5 Sep. 2019 The university is hoping that this adjustment will encourage more women to apply to study engineering, IT, and construction. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "An Australian university is prioritizing women applicants to address a gender disparity in certain fields," 30 Aug. 2019 Studying bridge engineering and design, Emily kept learning and managed the construction in Washington’s stead, making sure the bridge was successfully and safely completed. Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "10 awesome books for young girls that encourage and celebrate STEM," 29 Aug. 2019 The fighters, Hassan Zabeeb and Yasser Daher, grew up in Lebanon, studied aviation engineering in Iran and returned to Lebanon to work with Hezbollah, according to the Lebanese news media. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open," 29 Aug. 2019 During his undergraduate time at UAB, Watts first studied electrical engineering before switching to biomedical engineering after a summer working in a lab at Spain Rehab studying speech abnormalities. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "‘I have enough confidence for all of us’: UAB’s Ray Watts tells his story," 11 Aug. 2019 The middle-class son of a military father and a housewife mother, Anand studied engineering and hoped to become a fighter pilot. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of engineering

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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engineering

noun

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)

engineering

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

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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