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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Indeed, no engine in production could meet the specifications Aston laid out for the Valkyrie, so the automaker hired Cosworth, the famous British engineering firm that specializes in high-performance and racing engines, to build one from scratch. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Pride of the Valkyries," 29 Jan. 2019 Image: Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce has announced a new deal with Intel as part of the engineering firm’s mission to build fully autonomous ships. James Vincent, The Verge, "Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to make self-driving ships a reality," 15 Oct. 2018 With Ørsted's purchase of Deepwater Wind, the European engineering firm hopes to take advantage of Deepwater's ability to close US deals. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "European offshore wind giant buys US’ most successful offshore wind company," 8 Oct. 2018 The Sandy Springs City Council has approved two contracts totaling more than $7.6 million to have the AECOM engineering firm provide traffic-related public works services. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs OKs $7.6M in service contracts," 28 June 2018 Ultimately, only two firms responded, and only one was deemed appropriate by county officials: Quest Consultants, a national engineering firm based in Oklahoma. Vinny Vella,, "A calculated risk? Delaware County Council makes slow progress after six months of debating pipeline study," 27 June 2018 Palo Alto has the strongest historical title as home to the Stanford Research Park, which lured engineering firms to the region beginning in 1951. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?," 25 June 2018 GFA International, a Florida engineering firm, allows dogs to come to work once a month, said Tania Valcourt, an administrative assistant at the Port St. Lucie office. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Take your dog to work? These 'employees' wag their tails," 21 June 2018 By beating a consortium composed of investors, a fund launched by former NBA player Magic Johnson, and British civil engineering firm, the Boring Company caps off a wild 18-month ride with its first official government bid win. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins a Big Boring Contract in Chicago," 14 June 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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