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 peopleb : 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 of engineering from the Web
British Airways Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz, who took over in April of last year, has reduced costs in part by outsourcing software engineering to foreign companies.
But as this event proves every year, physics, engineering and math play important roles in carnival rides.
STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics)
The MS-21, which is also often referred to using the Cyrillic alphabet as MC-21, is Russia’s first post-Soviet airliner and represents a determined effort to regain the country’s standing as a center of aerospace engineering prowess.
Many traditional engineering solutions that are used along the oceanfront are of limited benefit against back-bay flooding.
The contract to study the extension was awarded to two engineering firms — CH2M Hill and Knight E/A Inc., based in Englewood, Colo., and Chicago, respectively.
This combination of magnetic power and gyroscopic engineering creates limitless possibilities for fun interactions with metal objects, other magnets, and additional Gyro Duos.
The rotational Air Force engineering unit that’s assigned to maintain Camp Justice lived there from July 2007 to 2011.
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First Known Use of engineering
ENGINEERING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of engineering for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of engineering for Students
: 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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