Definition of Engineer

1. Noun. A person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.

2. Verb. Design as an engineer. "Did he engineer his major works over a short period of time?"; "He engineered the water supply project"
Generic synonyms: Design, Plan
Derivative terms: Engineering

3. Noun. The operator of a railway locomotive.
Exact synonyms: Engine Driver, Locomotive Engineer, Railroad Engineer
Generic synonyms: Manipulator, Operator
Specialized synonyms: Casey Jones, John Luther Jones, Jones
Derivative terms: Engine, Engine

4. Verb. Plan and direct (a complex undertaking). "He masterminded the robbery"

Definition of Engineer

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

2. v. t. To lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the work of an engineer on; as, to engineer a road.

Definition of Engineer

1. Noun. A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering. ¹

2. Noun. A person trained in a natural science that applies such knowledge towards a practical objective. ¹

3. 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. ¹

4. Noun. A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To design, construct or manage something as an engineer. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle. ¹

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Definition of Engineer

1. to carry through or manage by contrivance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Engineer

engine block
engine cooling system
engine displacement
engine driver
engine drivers
engine failure
engine reamer
engine room
engine rooms
engine trouble
engine troubles
engineer (current term)
engineer's chain
engineering school
engineering science

Literary usage of Engineer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"If a locomotive engineer, running an engine, as was the petitioner in this ... The engineer shall have a license, but it does not places where they may be ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Further: The line of vision of the engineer from his seat in the engine in question was not absolutely straight ahead. The front of the engine, ..."

3. Annual Report (1913)
"Louis W. ANDERSON City engineer CHARLES E. NORTON Member Board of Public Works ... Board Public Works JL DARNELL City engineer FRED N. BINGHAM Asphalt ..."

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