Meaning of ENGINEER in English


I. ˌen-jə-ˈnir noun

Etymology: Middle English engineour, from Anglo-French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin

Date: 14th century

1. : a member of a military group devoted to engineering work

2. obsolete : a crafty schemer : plotter


a. : a designer or builder of engines

b. : a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering

c. : a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance

4. : a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

II. transitive verb

Date: 1843

1. : to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer

engineer a bridge


a. : to contrive or plan out usually with more or less subtle skill and craft

engineer a business deal

b. : to guide the course of

engineer a rally

3. : to modify or produce by genetic engineering

corn engineer ed to resist crop pests

Synonyms: see guide

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.