What does engineer mean?

Definitions for engineer
ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪəren·gi·neer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. engineer, applied scientist, technologistnoun

    a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems

  2. engineer, locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driververb

    the operator of a railway locomotive

  3. engineerverb

    design as an engineer

    "He engineered the water supply project"

  4. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrateverb

    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

    "he masterminded the robbery"


  1. Engineernoun

    A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer. See under Engineering, n.


  1. engineernoun

    A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.

  2. engineernoun

    A person trained in a natural science that applies such knowledge towards a practical objective.

  3. engineernoun

    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.

  4. engineernoun

    A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).

  5. engineerverb

    To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.

  6. engineerverb

    To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.

  7. engineerverb

    To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.

  8. Etymology: From engineour, from engignier, from ingeniarius, from ingenium, from in + gignere, genere; see ingenious.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Engineernoun

    One who manages engines; one who directs the artillery of an army.

    Etymology: engingnier, French.

    For ’tis the sport to have the engineer
    Hoist with his own petard. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Him thus enrag’d,
    Descrying from afar, some engineer,
    Dext’rous to guide th’ unerring charge, design’d
    By one nice shot to terminate the war. Phillips.

    An author, who points his satire at a great man, is like the engineer who signalized himself by this ungenerous practice. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 19.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engineernoun

    a person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering. See under Engineering, n

  2. Engineernoun

    one who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an engine driver

  3. Engineernoun

    one who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance; an efficient manager

  4. Engineerverb

    to lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the work of an engineer on; as, to engineer a road

  5. Engineerverb

    to use contrivance and effort for; to guide the course of; to manage; as, to engineer a bill through Congress

  6. Etymology: [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F. ingnieur. See Engine, n.]


  1. Engineer

    An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer is derived from the Latin roots ingeniare and ingenium. Engineers are grounded in applied sciences, and their work in research and development is distinct from the basic research focus of scientists. The work of engineers forms the link between scientific discoveries and their subsequent applications to human needs and quality of life.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. engineer

    A duly qualified officer appointed to plan and direct the attack or defence of a fortification, as well as the construction of fortified works. Engineers are also persons in charge of the machinery of steam-vessels. In government steamers they are in three classes, under warrant from the admiralty.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'engineer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4231

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'engineer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3393

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'engineer' in Nouns Frequency: #960

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of engineer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of engineer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of engineer in a Sentence

  1. Engineer.AI:

    From building websites, apps and even wearables, Builder.ai can create almost anything. - Engineer.ai CEO

  2. Veronica Eliasson:

    My dad was a huge source of inspiration to me, but whenever someone would say the word ‘engineer,’ it would sound boring to me.

  3. Ted Wheeler:

    We have continuously witnessed unsanctioned camping in clearly unsafe locations, sometimes jarringly close to reads and freeways. You don't need to be a traffic engineer to sense that's not safe.

  4. Jonathan Barratt:

    U.S. producers are holding out, but I think they're bleeding as well, looking at current prices, oil producers will engineer something to push prices higher.

  5. Tommy Xie:

    We think China is unlikely to engineer 25% depreciation to counter the impact of tariff as the cost of capital outflows amid the shrinking current account surplus may outweigh the benefit of supporting export, the pressure on RMB depreciation may depend on three near-term factors including the size of China's retaliation package, U.S.'s plan to impose tariff on the remaining $325 billion products and market's assessment on whether the setback is temporary or not.

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