From Middle English engineour, from Old French engigneor, from Medieval Latin ingeniarius, from ingenium (“an engine”), from in (“in”) + gignere (“to beget, produce”), Old Latin genere; see ingenious; or from engine + -eer.
engineer (plural engineers)
- A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
- A person trained in a natural science that applies such knowledge towards a practical objective.
- A person who, given a practical scientific problem involving the physical world 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.
- A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
- Adjectives often applied to "engineer": mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, mechatronics, industrial, optical, nuclear, structural, chemical, military, electronic, professional, chartered, licensed, certified, qualified.
Person qualified or professionally engaged in engineering
- Arabic: مهندس (ar) (muhándis) m, مهندسة (ar) (muhandísa) f
- Bulgarian: инженер (bg) (inženér) m
- Catalan: enginyer (ca) m
- Mandarin: 工程师 (cmn), 工程師 (cmn) (gōngchéngshī), 技師 (cmn), 技师 (cmn) (jìshī)
- Min Nan: 技師 (nan) (ki-su)
- Czech: inženýr (cs) m
- Danish: ingeniør (da)
- Dutch: ingenieur (nl) m and f
- Esperanto: inĝeniero (eo)
- Faroese: verkfrøðingur (fo) m
- Finnish: insinööri (fi)
- French: ingénieur (fr) m and f
- Galician: enxeñeiro (gl) m
- German: Ingenieur (de) m, Ingenieurin (de) f
- Greek: μηχανικός (el) (michanikós) m and f, μηχανολόγος (el) (michanológos) m and f
- Hebrew: מהנדס (he) (m'handés) m
- Hungarian: mérnök (hu)
- Irish: innealtóir (ga) m
- Italian: ingegnere (it) m
- Japanese: 技師 (ja) (ぎし, gishi), 技術者 (ja) (ぎじゅつしゃ, gijutsusha), エンジニア (ja) (enjinia)
- Jèrriais: înginnieux m
- Khmer: វិស្វករ (km) (vi’sva’kɑɑ)
- Korean: 공학자 (ko) (gonghakja)
- Sorani: ئهندازیار
- Ladino: injeniero
- Lao: ນາຍຊ່າງ (lo)
A person who finds a technical solution to a problem
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engineer (third-person singular simple present engineers, present participle engineering, simple past and past participle engineered)
- (transitive) To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
- (transitive) To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
- (transitive) To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.
to do genetic engineering
- Spanish: manipular genéticamente
to plan or achieve a goal by contrivance or guile