Meaning of engineer

en•gi•neer

Pronunciation: (en"ju-nēr'), [key]
— n.
  1. a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer.
  2. a person who operates or is in charge of an engine.
  3. Also calleda person who operates or is in charge of a locomotive.
  4. a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
  5. a skillful manager: a political engineer.
—v.t.
  1. to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
  2. to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
  3. to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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