engineering

noun en·gi·neer·ing \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of engineering

1 : the activities or function of an engineer
2 a : 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

  1. This control panel is a good example of smart engineering.

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First Known Use of engineering

1697

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ENGINEERING Defined for English Language Learners

engineering

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

engineering

noun en·gi·neer·ing \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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