Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
  • noun One who operates an engine.
  • noun One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.
  • transitive verb To plan, construct, or manage as an engineer.
  • transitive verb To alter or produce by methods of genetic engineering.
  • transitive verb To plan, manage, and bring about by skillful acts or contrivance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person skilled in the principles and practice of any department of engineering.
  • noun An engine-driver; one who manages an engine; a person who has charge of an engine and its connected machinery, as on board a steam-vessel.
  • noun One who carries through any scheme or enterprise by skill or artful contrivance; a manager.
  • noun The title of an officer of the corps of civil engineers of the United States Navy. See corps.
  • noun An official grade of governmental engineering officers in some countries, as in France.
  • To plan and direct the formation or carrying out of; direct as an engineer: as, to engineer a canal or a tunnel.
  • To work upon; ply; try some scheme or plan upon.
  • To guide or manage by ingenuity and tact; conduct through or over obstacles by contrivance and effort: as, to engineer a bill through Congress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the work of an engineer on.
  • transitive verb colloq. To use contrivance and effort for; to guide the course of; to manage.
  • noun A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering. See under engineering, n.
  • noun One who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an engine driver.
  • noun colloq. One who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance; an efficient manager.
  • noun a person skilled in the science of civil engineering.
  • noun one who executes engineering works of a military nature. See under Engineering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  • noun A person trained in a natural science that applies such knowledge towards a practical objective.
  • noun A person who, given a practical scientific problem involving the physical world and a specific set of goals and constraints, finds a technical solution to the problem that satisfies those goals within those constraints. The goals and constraints may be technical, social, or business related.
  • noun A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
  • verb transitive To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  • verb transitive To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  • verb transitive To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb design as an engineer
  • noun the operator of a railway locomotive
  • noun a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
  • verb plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English enginour, from Old French engigneor, from Medieval Latin ingeniātor, contriver, from ingeniāre, to contrive, from Latin ingenium, ability; see engine.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English engineour, from Old French engignier, from Medieval Latin ingeniarius, from ingenium ("an engine"), from in ("in") + gignere ("to beget, produce"), Old Latin genere; see ingenious; or from engine +‎ -eer.

Examples

  • A train engineer is lulled to sleep by the monotony of the job and misses a signal.

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  • A train engineer is lulled to sleep by the monotony of the job and misses a signal.

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  • In contrast, the term engineer is often associated with someone called out to repair a photocopier or gas boiler, where they are often dressed in clothing that is functional rather than a suit.

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  • The exact words of the engineer is that the block alone provides little actual structural support in the case of an earthquake.

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  • The exact words of the engineer is that the block alone provides little actual structural support in the case of an earthquake.

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  • In September, a commuter train engineer missed a stop signal while trading text messages with a friend, leading to a collision with a freight train that killed 25 people in California, according to federal investigators.

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  • The exact words of the engineer is that the block alone provides little actual structural support in the case of an earthquake.

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  • Matthews, a full-time network engineer, is the main financial backer, but Sawyers — a geotechnical engineer — played a key role: When the men needed more space, they moved their winery from Matthews 'basement to the garage of Sawyers' mom.

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  • The exact words of the engineer is that the block alone provides little actual structural support in the case of an earthquake.

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