Definition of engineering in English:



mass noun
  • 1The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

    • ‘Of course, the practical world deviates significantly from the ideal world, which is essentially the primary need for the field of engineering in general.’
    • ‘It eventually aims to help 15 schools become specialists in maths and computing, technology, engineering or science.’
    • ‘The key thrust will be to stimulate learner interest to follow careers in science, engineering and technology.’
    • ‘The aim of the week was to show students the variety of opportunities in science, engineering and technology.’
    • ‘Are university programs in computer science and software engineering common?’
    • ‘Mr Dempsey said science, engineering and technology are important areas of growth in the economy, offering qualifications which are in demand with good career prospects.’
    • ‘The live interaction with the crew can help students envision career possibilities resulting from studying science, technology, engineering and math.’
    • ‘John wants to study environmental engineering at university but will take a year off before going.’
    • ‘We are also supporting a range of initiatives to increase the number of women in the relatively highly paid sectors of science, engineering and technology, where women remain under-represented.’
    • ‘It was established in 1996 as a way to introduce students to science, engineering and technology.’
    • ‘State officials are refining a plan to offer interest-free loans to students who pursue degrees in science and engineering.’
    • ‘He completed his school education in 1918 and then studied electrical engineering at the University of Bristol.’
    • ‘They begin to realize the importance of math as they see its application in the field of engineering or carpentry or accounting.’
    • ‘The second school of thought sees school mathematics primarily as an essential prerequisite to university courses in maths, science, engineering and technology.’
    • ‘Up to 150 new masters or doctoral researchers in science, engineering and technology will be funded under the scheme.’
    • ‘I studied electrical engineering, but after university I didn't want to work as an engineer.’
    • ‘Top universities like Harvard rely heavily on them for teaching and research in science, engineering and technology.’
    • ‘One of the most exciting and emerging fields of engineering is aviation and aerospace.’
    • ‘He will study software engineering at the University of Western Australia this year.’
    • ‘That is a challenge, but like I said, the reasons for studying physics or any branch of science or engineering are somewhat deeper than just the immediate starting salaries of your first job.’
    practical, scientific, applied, applying science, non-theoretical
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    1. 1.1 A field of study or activity concerned with modification or development in a particular area.
      ‘software engineering’
      • ‘We study everything from labor and equipment productivity to product and process engineering.’
      • ‘More than 80% of its business comes from full-vehicle engineering and development.’
      • ‘Stronger binding can be achieved by balancing and optimizing the individual energy terms through protein engineering.’
      • ‘This would also be the company's global customer support centre for software engineering and development.’
      • ‘He designed the company network and acts as a mentor for software development and manufacturing engineering.’
      • ‘Often, however, designs undergo shortsighted value engineering to keep costs down.’
      • ‘These examples illustrate the potential of just two small areas of research in the rapidly developing field of small-scale engineering.’
      • ‘Eventually, tissue engineering could serve some superficial purposes.’
      • ‘Gregory Stock is an optimist about the effects of genetic engineering of offspring.’
      • ‘A background in project management and software engineering would be a plus.’
      • ‘If genetic engineering was not used we would only be able to grow 80 % of what we grow now.’
      • ‘But since the late 1990s, interest in electrical engineering has grown dramatically.’
      organization, planning, plans, management, arrangement, administration, masterminding, direction, orchestration, regimentation, coordination, execution, handling, running
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  • 2The action of working artfully to bring something about.

    ‘if not for his shrewd engineering, the election would have been lost’
    • ‘Indeed, his engineering has been measured, deliberate and substantial.’
    • ‘Crackers frequently use social engineering in addition to a computer to attack large corporations.’
    • ‘A few days later, Young did the engineering, and they sent the URL to their friends.’