/ ˌendʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ; NAmE -ˈnɪr-/ noun [ U ]
the activity of applying scientific knowledge to the design, building and control of machines, roads, bridges, electrical equipment, etc. :
The bridge is a triumph of modern engineering.
—compare reverse engineering
(also ˌengineering ˈscience ) the study of engineering as a subject :
a degree in engineering
—see also chemical engineering , civil engineering , electrical engineering , genetic engineering , mechanical engineering , social engineering