Definition of "engineering" []

  • The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems. (noun)
  • The profession of or the work performed by an engineer. (noun)
  • Skillful maneuvering or direction: geopolitical engineering; social engineering. (noun)
  • The profession of applying scientific principles to the design, construction, and maintenance of engines, cars, machines, etc (mechanical engineering), buildings, bridges, roads, etc (civil engineering), electrical machines and communication systems (electrical engineering), chemical plant and machinery (chemical engineering), or aircraft (aeronautical engineering) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "engineering" in a sentence
  • "I'm not paying for it, 'blunt arrogance', These two ladies will realise one day its engineering the nation, not 'domestic engineering'_ "There are lessons to learn ..""
  • "That doesn't sound like engineering at all, so you should have truly excellent reasons for saying engineering is responsible for an approach that leaves out two critical steps in engineering as we know it."
  • "After earning a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Page decided to concentrate on computer engineering at Stanford University, where he met Sergey Brin."