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

  • n. One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
  • n. One who operates an engine.
  • n. One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.
  • transitive v. To plan, construct, or manage as an engineer.
  • transitive v. To alter or produce by methods of genetic engineering: "Researchers . . . compared insulin manufactured by bacteria genetically engineered with recombinant DNA techniques to the commercial insulin obtained from swine or cattle” ( Fusion).
  • transitive v. To plan, manage, and put through by skillful acts or contrivance; maneuver.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  • n. A person trained in a natural science that applies such knowledge towards a practical objective.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
  • v. To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  • v. To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  • v. To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any department of engineering.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One who carries through any scheme or enterprise by skill or artful contrivance; a manager.
  • n. The title of an officer of the corps of civil engineers of the United States Navy. See corps.
  • n. An official grade of governmental engineering officers in some countries, as in France.

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

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


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.



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