human engineering


: management of humans and their affairs especially in industry

Examples of human engineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon further inspection of the bottom right corner, a man can be spotted tending to pigeons, a moment of dramatic resonance that transcends human engineering. Rajvinder Singh, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2023 In a state that has historically been brutal to its mascots, from the extinct California grizzly gear that graces the state flag to the ever-on-the-brink condor, the Chinook is now threatened as never before by disruptive human engineering and the dangerously evolving climate. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 More than 100 acres of wetlands — and in turn fish, birds and flooded basements — stand to benefit from some human engineering at Powderhorn Lake. Morgan Greene,, 16 Sep. 2021 In nearly a century, Louisiana has lost roughly 2,000 square-miles of marshland as a result of human engineering and environmental degradation such as oil spills. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2022 For instance, research published in Nature last year found that human engineering of the Mississippi River’s bed, combined with its levee systems, concentrate flood waters in a way that actually exacerbates flood events. Anna Funk, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2019 The sobering consequences compounded by each of Saul's wrongdoings were inextricable of the somewhat fantastical playground of mischief where his human engineering and legal ingenuity roamed free. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 16 Aug. 2022 Big projects can involve big flows of energy and matter, so plausibly someday human engineering will alter the solar system in ways that a Webb-like instrument could detect from afar. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, 30 July 2022 But for the new project, human engineering introduced some crucial innovations. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of human engineering was in 1911

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“Human engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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human engineering

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