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.
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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