AskDefine | Define engineer

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems [syn: applied scientist, technologist]
2 the operator of a railway locomotive [syn: locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driver]


1 design as an engineer; "He engineered the water supply project"
2 plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" [syn: mastermind, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate]

User Contributed Dictionary



engineour, from enginer, from engin.



  1. A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  2. A person who, given a problem and a specific set of goals and constraints, finds a technical solution to the problem that satisfies those goals within those constraints. The goals and constraints may be technical, social, or business related.
  3. A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).


Person qualified or professionally engaged in engineering
A person who finds a technical solution to a problem
Locomotive operator


  1. To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  2. To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  3. To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.


To work as engineer
To do genetic engineering
To plan or achieve a goal by contrivance or guile
  • Finnish: suunnitella, juonia
  • Portuguese: maquinar

Extensive Definition

portal Engineering An engineer is a person who is professionally engaged in a field of engineering. Engineers are concerned with developing economical and safe solutions to practical problems, by applying mathematics and scientific knowledge while considering technical constraints. As such, the work of engineers is the link between perceived needs of society and commercial applications.

Role in society

In addition to design and development, many engineers work in testing, production, or maintenance. These engineers supervise production in factories, determine the causes of component failure, and test manufactured products to maintain quality. They also estimate the time and cost to complete projects. Some move into engineering management or into sales. In sales, an engineering background enables them to discuss technical aspects and assist in product planning, installation, and use. Supervisory engineers are responsible for major components or entire projects.
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engineer in Azerbaijani: Mühəndislik
engineer in Bulgarian: Инженер
engineer in Breton: Engenheiro
engineer in Czech: Inženýr
engineer in Danish: Ingeniør
engineer in German: Ingenieur
engineer in Spanish: Ingeniero
engineer in Esperanto: Inĝeniero
engineer in Persian: مهندس
engineer in French: Ingénieur
engineer in Hindi: अभियंता
engineer in Indonesian: Insinyur
engineer in Italian: Ingegnere
engineer in Hebrew: מהנדס
engineer in Dutch: Ingenieur
engineer in Japanese: 技術者
engineer in Korean: 기술자
engineer in Norwegian: Ingeniør
engineer in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ingeniør
engineer in Polish: Inżynier
engineer in Portuguese: Engenheiro
engineer in Romanian: Inginer
engineer in Russian: Инженер
engineer in Simple English: Engineer
engineer in Serbian: Инжењер
engineer in Turkish: Mühendis
engineer in Finnish: Insinööri
engineer in Swedish: Ingenjör
engineer in Thai: วิศวกร
engineer in Vietnamese: Kỹ sư
engineer in Ukrainian: Інженер
engineer in Urdu: انجینیر
engineer in Chinese: 工程师

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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