Definitions for: Engineering


[n] the practical application of science to commerce or industry
[n] a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
[n] the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; "he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"



Webster (1913) Definition: En`gi*neer"ing, n.
Originally, the art of managing engines; in its modern and
extended sense, the art and science by which the mechanical
properties of matter are made useful to man in structures and
machines; the occupation and work of an engineer.

Note: In a comprehensive sense, engineering includes
architecture as a mechanical art, in distinction from
architecture as a fine art. It was formerly divided
into military engineering, which is the art of
designing and constructing offensive and defensive
works, and civil engineering, in a broad sense, as
relating to other kinds of public works, machinery,
etc.

Civil engineering, in modern usage, is strictly the art of
planning, laying out, and constructing fixed public works,
such as railroads, highways, canals, aqueducts, water
works, bridges, lighthouses, docks, embankments,
breakwaters, dams, tunnels, etc.

Mechanical engineering relates to machinery, such as steam
engines, machine tools, mill work, etc.

Mining engineering deals with the excavation and working of
mines, and the extraction of metals from their ores, etc.
Engineering is further divided into steam engineering, gas
engineering, agricultural engineering, topographical
engineering, electrical engineering, etc.

Synonyms: applied science, engine room, engineering science, technology, technology

See Also: aeronautical engineering, aeronautical engineering, application, architectural engineering, automotive engineering, automotive technology, bailiwick, bioengineering, bionics, biotechnology, branch of knowledge, chemical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, communications technology, computer science, computer technology, computing, discipline, EE, electrical engineering, ergonomics, field, field of study, industrial engineering, industrial management, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, naval engineering, nuclear engineering, practical application, profession, rail technology, railroading, rocketry, room, study, subject, subject area, subject field

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