Definition of engineer in US English:

engineer

noun

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

    • ‘It was taking the concept and working it through with local councillors, planners, architects, engineers and accountants from genesis to creation.’
    • ‘Indeed, engineers nowadays design and construct bridges so that oscillations remain strictly limited.’
    • ‘Originally, engineers thought the repairs could cost up to £300,000, but they have managed to reduce the figure to £88,000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It requires a trained engineer to properly design each location.’
    • ‘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 students work with engineers and teachers to design, build and test a robot in just six weeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Online collaboration systems are designed to link the facility staff with architects, engineers, contractors and other members of the building team.’
    • ‘Most startling of all are the exhaustive lengths to which their designers and engineers go to build safety into even the smallest component.’
    • ‘The first design challenge the engineers confronted was constructing on the changeable soils.’
    • ‘In designing this the engineers had to constantly keep in mind the acoustic requirements of the project.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having confirmed the physical dimensions of the existing structure, the architects and engineers were able to begin designing the new dome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others, such as engineers who manage and maintain specific building systems or floors, should be brought in as appropriate.’
    designer, planner, builder, architect, producer, fabricator, developer, creator
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    1. 1.1 A person qualified in a branch of engineering, especially as a professional.
      ‘an aeronautical engineer’
      • ‘Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., is a design engineer for the Structural Group.’
      • ‘After I graduate, I'm going to become an aerospace engineer and design space ships with the Kazoo Constant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The zx 2000 is a single processor system built with design engineers in mind.’
      • ‘As a young man growing up in Vancouver in the 1930s and '4Os, Denham contemplated becoming an aeronautical engineer or an English professor.’
      • ‘He is also an experienced and qualified audio engineer.’
      • ‘He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire.’
      • ‘She was talking to a software engineer who works in the private sector.’
      • ‘Dave, a graduate aeronautical engineer, learned to fly at Barton Aerodrome with the Lancashire Aero Club and has a private pilot's licence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If so, I can assure you, as a practical aeronautical engineer, that such a trip is neither fantastic nor impractical.’
      • ‘Richie Hindle is a professional software engineer in the UK.’
      • ‘He is also trained as a nuclear engineer and nuclear submarine operator.’
      • ‘Alternatively you could hire a consulting structural engineer.’
      • ‘He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer.’
      • ‘Daniel P. Duffy, P.E., is a professional environmental engineer in Cincinnati, OH.’
      • ‘Hugo Troche is a software engineer originally from Asuncion, Paraguay now living in Auburn, Alabama, USA.’
      • ‘Basso is qualified as an aeronautical engineer, having worked in the United States for NASA near Washington.’
      • ‘He built relationships with leading design professionals and forensic engineers, some of whom he had met at the symposium.’
      • ‘An aerospace engineer by training, Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.’
      • ‘Seventy-three-year-old Kalam is also, incidentally, one of India's most renowned scientists and a former aeronautical engineer.’
      • ‘Its team of naval architects, electrical engineers, marine engineers and design draughtsmen offer their experience to the shipping industry.’
      • ‘Fifty years old, she is a qualified electrical engineer.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The operator or supervisor of an engine, especially a railroad locomotive or the engine on an aircraft or ship.
      • ‘These include baggage handlers, security staff and people working on aircraft, such as engineers and crew.’
      • ‘"The new ship's engineer seems to have settled in quite well.’
      • ‘Rocket and aircraft engineers have been testing their hardware in computer loop simulations for years.’
      • ‘He's an engineer on cargo ships and spends half his time at sea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I arrived at the aircraft to find that I had two qualified flight engineers to help me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jetstar aircraft will not be inspected by licensed aircraft engineers before each flight.’
      • ‘These abuses have been obvious for a long time, and many engineers originally employed by British Rail warned us of the disasters to come.’
      • ‘She was one of the ship's top engineers and she kept it running smoothly.’
      • ‘After the pre-flight briefing, the engineers safety-clear the aircraft for boarding.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He works as an aircraft engineer with Indian Airlines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ships' engineers were deeply involved in the repair work on the ship, the Hidalgo Sun.’
      • ‘Each of the frigate's flights consists of two pilots, an observer and an aircrewman, plus nine engineers and an aircraft controller.’
      • ‘Five aircraft engineers from RAF Lyneham arrived home after a two-week project to help poor communities in Africa.’
      engineering officer, controller, handler, driver
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    3. 1.3 A skillful contriver or originator of something.
      ‘the prime engineer of the approach’
      • ‘The social engineers in charge of government policy seem to think so.’
      • ‘He was the engineer of this change.’
      • ‘He is credited as the engineer of this merger, which has created the world's biggest global financial services organization.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Design and build (a machine or structure)

    ‘the men who engineered the tunnel’
    • ‘Has the structure actually been engineered to accommodate this need, or is there another element external to it that serves the purpose?’
    • ‘Similarly, the Ford Territory is designed, engineered and built in Melbourne.’
    • ‘In its graceful form and precisely engineered structure, the ski jump emulates the drama and daring of the sport itself.’
    • ‘The vehicle, designed and engineered by our company will be essentially built by an outside supplier.’
    • ‘It was designed and engineered by British Architect Sir Norman Foster and is company.’
    • ‘Here's how Ford is taking technology pioneered by the aircraft industry to help design and engineer better cars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Haden will be running the paint shop that it has designed, engineered and built.’
    • ‘That's because these machines are engineered to be both super-durable and highly precise.’
    • ‘Reliability means that it will be of durable construction, engineered for safety and built with experience.’
    • ‘It is a superbly engineered and well-built car.’
    • ‘Optionally, machines can also be engineered to incorporate printing, code dating, and labeling equipment.’
    • ‘Builders fashion structures engineered to keep their inhabitants warm in winter and cool in summer.’
    • ‘Unwittingly, he had unleashed the most diabolically destructive war machine yet engineered by the minds of men.’
    • ‘As a product of the cold-war era, it was engineered to withstand aerial bombardment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The extended version is designed, engineered and built by the same company.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Solid, superbly engineered and with the build quality of an executive jet.’
    • ‘The car is designed and engineered around the modules, which are assembled in the plant.’
    formulate, form, put together
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    1. 1.1 Skillfully or artfully arrange for (an event or situation) to occur.
      ‘she engineered another meeting with him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Peter is not reduced to nervous shambles, he barks back at his guard and engineers a reasonable escape plan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only she knows if her exhibitionism is sincere self-expression or carefully engineered self-promotion.’
      • ‘Nick Kew has posted a very interesting proposal to engineer a means to handle Web accessibility on the server-side.’
      • ‘His father is convinced the accident was deliberately engineered and vows the claim will be contested.’
      • ‘It requires concerted efforts to engineer cultural change.’
      • ‘He received a quickly taken free kick and managed to engineer an opportunity for himself.’
      • ‘York were immediately on the back foot but repelled a series of short corners and managed to engineer a breakaway attack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What can you do about confidence tricks, phishing and other socially engineered security breaches?’
      • ‘He has already engineered what might appear to be a highly advantageous setup.’
      • ‘Obviously such trips are engineered, stage-managed so that Palin is in no danger and invariably encounters interesting people and situations.’
      • ‘The two cable groups will finally be brought together in a deal engineered by that mysterious American investor.’
      • ‘Mr Duxbury took over responsibility for burial services this year after the council engineered a managerial shake-up to try to improve services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That has produced a consensus view that China was successfully engineering a managed slowdown.’
      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. 1.2 Modify (an organism) by manipulating its genetic material.
      as adjective, with submodifier ‘genetically engineered plants’
      • ‘He has never released a genetically engineered plant of any kind into the environment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many plants and animals are engineered to express human genetic information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, they tested a genetically engineered virus to deliver two proteins directly to the brain.’
      • ‘There might be a role for use of genetically engineered animals in the interpretation of critical genes in toxic responses.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, some companies are seeking approval to market genetically engineered fish.’
      • ‘Plants have been engineered to produce it before, but there have been problems.’
      • ‘Using genetically engineered animals, they will explore the cellular mechanisms by which variations in the genes lead to deficits.’
      • ‘And the nutritional content of a genetically engineered plant may be diminished.’
      • ‘An application seeking approval of genetically engineered fish has been pending for nearly six years.’
      • ‘The human race could find its existence threatened if we genetically engineered some predator species to be as smart as we are.’
      • ‘Genetically engineered species reproduce themselves in the wild, changing ecosystems forever.’
      • ‘Engineering human biological change is, in these terms, a very different matter from engineering animals and plants to better serve our needs.’
      • ‘I use synthetic human insulin, produced not by people but by genetically engineered bacteria.’
      • ‘Some biotech crops are engineered to ward off pests.’
      • ‘Otto and Silhavy then genetically engineered bacteria to lack the genes in question.’
      • ‘These experiments provided the first example of genetically engineered plants with the ability to synthesize betaine at appreciable levels.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

engineer

/ˌɛndʒəˈnɪr//ˌenjəˈnir/