Definition of engineer in English:



  • 1A person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.

    • ‘This is because the engineers will design the structure of the ship with the safe assumption in mind that 99 of the time, the ships engines will be burning along, or at least very near to the direction of the ships momentum.’
    • ‘The first design challenge the engineers confronted was constructing on the changeable soils.’
    • ‘It requires a trained engineer to properly design each location.’
    • ‘Most startling of all are the exhaustive lengths to which their designers and engineers go to build safety into even the smallest component.’
    • ‘It is also a chance to get any repairs done and most engineers and ships carpenters are at present flat out trying to get boats back to sea.’
    • ‘There were also brilliant engineers among them who contributed to the development of new techniques.’
    • ‘That meant working closely with engineers and assemblers to build a simple user interface and limit production costs.’
    • ‘In the early days of television, the engineers who designed and built TV picture tubes faced technical problems that caused them to make some compromises.’
    • ‘This is important to the engineers who design and build products, because it gives them a tool to determine what the future costs will be.’
    • ‘Online collaboration systems are designed to link the facility staff with architects, engineers, contractors and other members of the building team.’
    • ‘Others, such as engineers who manage and maintain specific building systems or floors, should be brought in as appropriate.’
    • ‘It was taking the concept and working it through with local councillors, planners, architects, engineers and accountants from genesis to creation.’
    • ‘This guy is an engineer who designs and builds humanoid robots that are capable of standing and walking on their own, not just some guy who tinkers in his garage.’
    • ‘The engineer designing the system needs to take into account a wide range of factors in order to assure the reliability of the electrical systems.’
    • ‘Originally, engineers thought the repairs could cost up to £300,000, but they have managed to reduce the figure to £88,000.’
    • ‘The students work with engineers and teachers to design, build and test a robot in just six weeks.’
    • ‘Having confirmed the physical dimensions of the existing structure, the architects and engineers were able to begin designing the new dome.’
    • ‘In designing this the engineers had to constantly keep in mind the acoustic requirements of the project.’
    • ‘Indeed, engineers nowadays design and construct bridges so that oscillations remain strictly limited.’
    • ‘He will be returning to his home town, Kabul, along with a group of engineers, planners and architects, to play a vital role in rebuilding the city's culture.’
    designer, planner, builder, architect, producer, fabricator, developer, creator
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    1. 1.1A person qualified in a branch of engineering, especially as a professional.
      ‘an aeronautical engineer’
      • ‘Alternatively you could hire a consulting structural engineer.’
      • ‘Hugo Troche is a software engineer originally from Asuncion, Paraguay now living in Auburn, Alabama, USA.’
      • ‘After I graduate, I'm going to become an aerospace engineer and design space ships with the Kazoo Constant.’
      • ‘She was talking to a software engineer who works in the private sector.’
      • ‘The zx 2000 is a single processor system built with design engineers in mind.’
      • ‘Its team of naval architects, electrical engineers, marine engineers and design draughtsmen offer their experience to the shipping industry.’
      • ‘He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer.’
      • ‘He is also an experienced and qualified audio engineer.’
      • ‘Basso is qualified as an aeronautical engineer, having worked in the United States for NASA near Washington.’
      • ‘Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., is a design engineer for the Structural Group.’
      • ‘Now, building automation engineers are designing these systems around the structured cable plant used for engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.’
      • ‘Fifty years old, she is a qualified electrical engineer.’
      • ‘If the bridge appears safe, trains are allowed to cross it, but only at 5mph, until a qualified bridge engineer has carried out a detailed inspection.’
      • ‘An aerospace engineer by training, Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.’
      • ‘He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire.’
      • ‘As a young man growing up in Vancouver in the 1930s and '4Os, Denham contemplated becoming an aeronautical engineer or an English professor.’
      • ‘Daniel P. Duffy, P.E., is a professional environmental engineer in Cincinnati, OH.’
      • ‘Dave, a graduate aeronautical engineer, learned to fly at Barton Aerodrome with the Lancashire Aero Club and has a private pilot's licence.’
      • ‘Seventy-three-year-old Kalam is also, incidentally, one of India's most renowned scientists and a former aeronautical engineer.’
      • ‘As an electronics engineer I used to build gadgets for my cars including battery strength indicators, lights-on warning alarms and even alarm systems themselves.’
      • ‘He is also trained as a nuclear engineer and nuclear submarine operator.’
      • ‘If so, I can assure you, as a practical aeronautical engineer, that such a trip is neither fantastic nor impractical.’
      • ‘He built relationships with leading design professionals and forensic engineers, some of whom he had met at the symposium.’
      • ‘Richie Hindle is a professional software engineer in the UK.’
    2. 1.2The operator or supervisor of an engine, especially a railroad locomotive or the engine on an aircraft or ship.
      • ‘New rules on alcohol have brought air traffic controllers and aircraft engineers into line with pilots although it remains up to individual employers how levels are checked.’
      • ‘Five aircraft engineers from RAF Lyneham arrived home after a two-week project to help poor communities in Africa.’
      • ‘He went to sea with the Coast Guard as an engineer on the ships and later, a steamship inspector until he retired in 1988.’
      • ‘Typically, it's a boatswain's mate or a quartermaster running the ship, while an engineer and one or two seaman line handlers assist in the shipboard operations.’
      • ‘He's an engineer on cargo ships and spends half his time at sea.’
      • ‘I arrived at the aircraft to find that I had two qualified flight engineers to help me.’
      • ‘Rocket and aircraft engineers have been testing their hardware in computer loop simulations for years.’
      • ‘The ships' engineers were deeply involved in the repair work on the ship, the Hidalgo Sun.’
      • ‘These include baggage handlers, security staff and people working on aircraft, such as engineers and crew.’
      • ‘She was one of the ship's top engineers and she kept it running smoothly.’
      • ‘With the specialist and the ship's engineers working side by side in the very tight spaces of the engine room the port engine was repaired and tested.’
      • ‘The flight engineer said that it had seven gallons at the beginning of the flight.’
      • ‘He works as an aircraft engineer with Indian Airlines.’
      • ‘These abuses have been obvious for a long time, and many engineers originally employed by British Rail warned us of the disasters to come.’
      • ‘"The new ship's engineer seems to have settled in quite well.’
      • ‘Jetstar aircraft will not be inspected by licensed aircraft engineers before each flight.’
      • ‘Each of the frigate's flights consists of two pilots, an observer and an aircrewman, plus nine engineers and an aircraft controller.’
      • ‘After the pre-flight briefing, the engineers safety-clear the aircraft for boarding.’
      • ‘He ordered future commanders of U-boats to ‘be severe’ and forbade them to rescue survivors other than the captains and chief engineers of the enemy ships.’
      engineering officer, controller, handler, driver
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    3. 1.3A skillful contriver or originator of something.
      ‘the prime engineer of the approach’
      • ‘He is credited as the engineer of this merger, which has created the world's biggest global financial services organization.’
      • ‘He was the engineer of this change.’
      • ‘The social engineers in charge of government policy seem to think so.’


  • 1 Design and build (a machine or structure)

    ‘the men who engineered the tunnel’
    • ‘Haden will be running the paint shop that it has designed, engineered and built.’
    • ‘As a product of the cold-war era, it was engineered to withstand aerial bombardment.’
    • ‘In its graceful form and precisely engineered structure, the ski jump emulates the drama and daring of the sport itself.’
    • ‘Reliability means that it will be of durable construction, engineered for safety and built with experience.’
    • ‘The car is designed and engineered around the modules, which are assembled in the plant.’
    • ‘The extended version is designed, engineered and built by the same company.’
    • ‘It was designed and engineered by British Architect Sir Norman Foster and is company.’
    • ‘Builders fashion structures engineered to keep their inhabitants warm in winter and cool in summer.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Ford Territory is designed, engineered and built in Melbourne.’
    • ‘Has the structure actually been engineered to accommodate this need, or is there another element external to it that serves the purpose?’
    • ‘The vehicle, designed and engineered by our company will be essentially built by an outside supplier.’
    • ‘Over the next twenty years he was posted to a variety of different places where he was involved in engineering, in structural design, fortifications, soil mechanics, and many other areas.’
    • ‘Here's how Ford is taking technology pioneered by the aircraft industry to help design and engineer better cars.’
    • ‘Solid, superbly engineered and with the build quality of an executive jet.’
    • ‘It is a superbly engineered and well-built car.’
    • ‘Optionally, machines can also be engineered to incorporate printing, code dating, and labeling equipment.’
    • ‘Design professionals can contribute to the conservation of materials by designing and engineering structures so they can be more easily taken apart in the future.’
    • ‘That's because these machines are engineered to be both super-durable and highly precise.’
    • ‘He often recalled the words of his father and dreamed of using technology to engineer a wondrous machine that would propel him into the heavens to meet the Lord.’
    • ‘Unwittingly, he had unleashed the most diabolically destructive war machine yet engineered by the minds of men.’
    formulate, form, put together
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    1. 1.1Skillfully or artfully arrange for (an event or situation) to occur.
      ‘she engineered another meeting with him’
      • ‘The two cable groups will finally be brought together in a deal engineered by that mysterious American investor.’
      • ‘Obviously such trips are engineered, stage-managed so that Palin is in no danger and invariably encounters interesting people and situations.’
      • ‘Brenda hadn't ceased to plot, plan and engineer his defeat, regardless if he was the only capable negotiator dedicated to the union's position.’
      • ‘In other words they have managed to engineer a win-win situation for themselves, at the expense of their bitter rivals to the north of the island.’
      • ‘York were immediately on the back foot but repelled a series of short corners and managed to engineer a breakaway attack.’
      • ‘Mr Duxbury took over responsibility for burial services this year after the council engineered a managerial shake-up to try to improve services.’
      • ‘Peter is not reduced to nervous shambles, he barks back at his guard and engineers a reasonable escape plan.’
      • ‘Nick Kew has posted a very interesting proposal to engineer a means to handle Web accessibility on the server-side.’
      • ‘It requires concerted efforts to engineer cultural change.’
      • ‘What can you do about confidence tricks, phishing and other socially engineered security breaches?’
      • ‘Only she knows if her exhibitionism is sincere self-expression or carefully engineered self-promotion.’
      • ‘He has already engineered what might appear to be a highly advantageous setup.’
      • ‘Each day, a fresh surprise seems to be sprung on a Labour machine - some engineered by the Conservative Party, most of them bolts from the blue.’
      • ‘That has produced a consensus view that China was successfully engineering a managed slowdown.’
      • ‘Grant, who worked as a director with United Biscuits before engineering a management buy-out of Mackay's in 1995, is clear about what he is doing.’
      • ‘His father is convinced the accident was deliberately engineered and vows the claim will be contested.’
      • ‘He received a quickly taken free kick and managed to engineer an opportunity for himself.’
      • ‘They possessed a lethal forward division that managed to engineer breathtaking scores from very limited possession but some gaping holes at the back ensured that defeat would be their lot.’
      bring about, cause, arrange, pull off, bring off, fix, set up, plot, scheme, contrive, plan, put together, devise, manoeuvre, manipulate, negotiate, organize, orchestrate, choreograph, mobilize, mount, stage, put on, mastermind, originate, manage, stage-manage, coordinate, control, superintend, direct, conduct, handle, concoct
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    2. 1.2Modify (an organism) by manipulating its genetic material.
      [as adjective, with submodifier] ‘genetically engineered plants’
      • ‘Otto and Silhavy then genetically engineered bacteria to lack the genes in question.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, some companies are seeking approval to market genetically engineered fish.’
      • ‘Plants have been engineered to produce it before, but there have been problems.’
      • ‘These experiments provided the first example of genetically engineered plants with the ability to synthesize betaine at appreciable levels.’
      • ‘There might be a role for use of genetically engineered animals in the interpretation of critical genes in toxic responses.’
      • ‘Engineering human biological change is, in these terms, a very different matter from engineering animals and plants to better serve our needs.’
      • ‘And the nutritional content of a genetically engineered plant may be diminished.’
      • ‘Many plants and animals are engineered to express human genetic information.’
      • ‘The bacteria were genetically engineered to produce a fluorescent jellyfish protein, so they glowed as they grew.’
      • ‘In order to get patents, it has to be proved that genetically engineered species are completely new, novel, and alien organisms.’
      • ‘I use synthetic human insulin, produced not by people but by genetically engineered bacteria.’
      • ‘In addition, they tested a genetically engineered virus to deliver two proteins directly to the brain.’
      • ‘Some biotech crops are engineered to ward off pests.’
      • ‘Genetically engineered species reproduce themselves in the wild, changing ecosystems forever.’
      • ‘The human race could find its existence threatened if we genetically engineered some predator species to be as smart as we are.’
      • ‘Using genetically engineered animals, they will explore the cellular mechanisms by which variations in the genes lead to deficits.’
      • ‘An application seeking approval of genetically engineered fish has been pending for nearly six years.’
      • ‘Genetically engineered plants are now grown on more than 100,000 acres.’
      • ‘Fowler and a team of researchers are genetically engineering harmless bacteria that can thrive in natural cloth fibers.’
      • ‘He has never released a genetically engineered plant of any kind into the environment.’


Middle English (denoting a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare contrive, devise from Latin ingenium (see engine); in later use from French ingénieur or Italian ingegnere, also based on Latin ingenium, with the ending influenced by -eer.