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.

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

    ‘if not for his shrewd engineering, the election would have been lost’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, his engineering has been measured, deliberate and substantial.’