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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The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $1.59 million contract to Studio 8 Design for architectural and engineering services for the renovation and expansion of the Adult Detention Center in Canton. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee picks architect for detention center renovation," 13 July 2018 His outfit belies a background in aerospace engineering. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 The overall increase to $4.5 million also was due to an increase in architectural and engineering fees and the addition of the contingency fund, Kehoe said. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "East Hartford Town Hall Repair Costs Increase By $2 Million-Plus," 11 July 2018 Her approval includes eight stipulations regarding the project’s windows, lighting and other architectural and engineering features. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "City manager gives controversial Hays Street Bridge project the OK," 4 July 2018 Bill graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in aeronautical engineering and then received a masters degree in business administration. Hartford Courant,, "William Charles White," 3 July 2018 Senate Bill 654 creates an Environmental Science Advisory Board, made up of nine individuals appointed by the governor with expertise in engineering, chemistry, geology, or other sciences or disciplines. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Rick Snyder signs controversial 'polluter panels' bill," 29 June 2018 The lawsuit seeks damages for the money the Pittmans lost on the value of the site, lost profits, interest payments, loan fees, the cost of all plans, architectural and engineering studies and all other costs incurred, as well as legal fees. Kim Chatelain,, "Citizens seek to intervene in Port Marigny court battle," 30 May 2018 The company is currently hiring sales account managers and engineering staff. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 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)


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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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