Definitions for: Engineer


[n] a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
[n] the operator of a railway locomotive
[v] plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"
[v] design as an engineer; "He engineered the water supply project"



Webster (1913) Definition: En`gi*neer", n. [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F.
ing['e]nieur. See Engine, n.]
1. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any
branch of engineering. See under Engineering, n.

2. One who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an
engine driver.

3. One who carries through an enterprise by skillful or
artful contrivance; an efficient manager. [Colloq.]

Civil engineer, a person skilled in the science of civil
engineering.

Military engineer, one who executes engineering works of a
military nature. See under Engineering.


En`gi*neer", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engineered; p. pr.
& vb. n. Engineering.]
1. To lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the
work of an engineer on; as, to engineer a road. --J.
Hamilton.

2. To use contrivance and effort for; to guide the course of;
to manage; as, to engineer a bill through Congress.
[Colloq.]

Synonyms: applied scientist, direct, engine driver, locomotive engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize, railroad engineer, technologist

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