mechanical engineering


Definition of mechanical engineering

: a branch of engineering concerned primarily with the industrial application of mechanics and with the production of tools, machinery, and their products

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Examples of mechanical engineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evans graduated magna cum laude from Clarkson University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and later became a member of Clarkson’s Coulter School of Engineering Advisory Board. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Former head of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 division dies at age 55," 4 Jan. 2021 Padilla, 47, grew up in Pacoima, a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Alexei Koseff,, "Who is Alex Padilla? California’s new senator has broken ground in state politics for two decades," 22 Dec. 2020 Padilla, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, went on to become the city’s youngest council president, a state senator and California’s current two-term secretary of state. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Alex Padilla to become California’s first Latino U.S. senator, replacing Kamala Harris," 22 Dec. 2020 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio: Rachel Oriol of San Diego, Ph.D in English; Shasten Sherwell of San Diego, Master of Science in microbiology; Jacob Veta of San Diego, Master of Science in mechanical engineering. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Dec. 17," 17 Dec. 2020 Malaiba, for example, met a recruiter from Raytheon at a virtual fair, which eventually offered her a mechanical engineering job. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Virtual Career Fairs Present New Challenges—and Benefits," 17 Dec. 2020 Vojtech Coufal, a mechanical engineering student at a university in Brno, also answered the call. NBC News, "U.S. National Guard assists as Czech Republic sounds Covid-19 alarm," 30 Oct. 2020 Barber, of Lake Forest, Illinois, is studying mechanical engineering and hopes to become a Marine Corps ground officer, officials said. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "'You are my wildest dream': Sydney Barber will be first Black woman to serve as US Naval Academy brigade commander," 10 Nov. 2020 Barber, who is studying mechanical engineering, will be the 16th woman to serve as brigade commander in the 44 years that women have been allowed to attend the Naval Academy, the school said in a statement. Washington Post, "Naval Academy names its first Black female brigade commander," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mechanical engineering

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mechanical engineering was in 1851

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11 Jan 2021

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“Mechanical engineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanical engineering

: a type of engineering that is mainly concerned with the use of machines in industry

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