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.


  1. Engineer

    Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are professionals who invent, design, analyze, build and test machines, complex systems, structures, gadgets and materials to fulfill functional objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety and cost. The word engineer (Latin ingeniator) is derived from the Latin words ingeniare ("to contrive, devise") and ingenium ("cleverness"). The foundational qualifications of an engineer typically include a four-year bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or in some jurisdictions, a master's degree in an engineering discipline plus four to six years of peer-reviewed professional practice (culminating in a project report or thesis) and passage of engineering board examinations. The work of engineers forms the link between scientific discoveries and their subsequent applications to human and business needs and quality of life.


  1. engineer

    An engineer is a professional individual who applies the principles of mathematics and science to design, develop, or maintain structures, systems, processes, or machinery. Engineers use their technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to address various practical challenges, often in the areas of construction, technology, manufacturing, electronics, or environment. This profession requires advanced education, typically a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering or a related field, and usually involves a licensing process.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Engineer is ranked #58337 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Engineer surname appeared 348 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Engineer.

    84.7% or 295 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.4% or 26 total occurrences were White.
    4.8% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.8% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  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. N. W. Dougherty:

    The ideal engineer is a composite ... He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems.

  2. Justine Haupt:

    The engineer used a 3D printer to create the cell phone case and added speed dialing buttons so Justine Haupt could call Justine Haupt husband and Justine Haupt mother at the click of a button. Justine Haupt also added an e-paper display to the phone so that Justine Haupt could see messages and missed calls. Space engineer Justine Haupt, 34, built a rotary dial mobile phone due to Justine Haupt dislike of the hyper connectivity associated with smartphones. ( SWNS) Justine Haupt wasnt planning on selling the phones, but Justine Haupt ended up creating a kit that users can use to put together their own version of the tiny phone -- minus the rotary dial, although a newer kit will be more inclusive -- after being inundated with emails from people who wanted to purchase the phone. It is actually my phone - I dont carry my flip phone with me anymore, i never expected to go viral with this.

  3. Debbie Sterling:

    Growing up as a little girl, I certainly had no interest in becoming a scientist or mathematician or engineer, i thought it was a boys-only club for geniuses. And I pictured this old white man in a lab coat with no friends.

  4. Engineer.AI:

    We created Engineer.ai so that everyone can build an idea without learning to code. ~ Engineer.ai CEO

  5. Harley Earl:

    Harley and a board-man and a body engineer sat around and came up with the idea for the Corvette in a darkened room in Detroit's historic Argonaut Building, it was Harley's vision pure and simple — a lot of people forget that Harley was not only an artist, he was an engineer.

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