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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The report also states that, after landing, the pilot on this prior flight reported some of the experienced issues both on the aircraft maintenance log and to engineering. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 This is where the shift from physics to engineering is required. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer," 5 Sep. 2018 To keep it flowing, the project, also founded by Protocol Labs, has resorted to much economic engineering. The Economist, "Raiders of the killer dappBlockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet," 28 June 2018 Photo: Getty Federal investigators and lawmakers are asking the same question about Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jet: Did U.S. safety regulators rigorously follow longstanding engineering and design standards in approving a suspect stall-prevention feature? Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "U.S. Federal Investigators Probe Boeing 737 MAX Development Choices," 19 Mar. 2019 Yeast offers a cheaper, high-quality, more environmentally sound option says Jay Keasling, UC Berkeley professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019 Needless to say, these kinds of sophisticated techniques for psychological engineering are extremely valuable to advertisers that want to sell us goods. Nicholas Carr,, "Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?," 10 July 2018 Data analysis and science and engineering also rank high on the list. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Companies Seek to Fill Skills Gap by Retraining Their Own Workers," 8 Mar. 2019 In other words, early improvements were mostly concentrated at the device level, in the basic science and engineering of panels. David Roberts, Vox, "What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.," 20 Nov. 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 How to pronounce engineering (audio) \

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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