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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John, however, a mechanical engineer working toward his doctorate in environmental engineering was just the guy to sort through the mechanical mumbo jumbo. Marni Jameson,, "Next generation of homeowners go for greener yard tools," 6 July 2018 In a 2011 story, the Capital identified Ramos as an employee of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with a degree in computer engineering and no previous criminal record. Abigail Abrams, Time, "What to Know About the Suspected Capital Gazette Shooter," 29 June 2018 Federal officials say Ramos, who graduated with a degree in computer engineering from the college now known as Capitol Technology University in 2006, worked at the bureau from 2007 to 2014. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos remembered as 'loner' obsessed with reputation," 29 June 2018 Such multitasking has proven to be hard to achieve in the engineering of the AirPower mat. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple’s AirPower charging mat delayed until fall due to “technical hurdles”," 21 June 2018 Bauer has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New assistant Public Works director approved in Aurora," 15 June 2018 Henry and Schooley masterminded and designed the ride despite having no formal education in engineering or physics, a March indictment states. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Two more Schlitterbahn employees charged in decapitation death of 10-year-old boy at Kansas park," 30 May 2018 Even with expertise in electrical and biological engineering, the team was still finding difficulties with protecting the plastic containers from the humidity inside a pig's gastrointestinal tract. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ingestible Medical Device Can Tell Your Phone What's Happening in Your Gut," 24 May 2018 The seminars sparked my interests in engineering and demonstrated how science and technology could improve countless lives. Heidi Finley, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Observer Seniors of the Year 2018 | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 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)


en·gi·neer·ing | \ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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