Definitions of engineer

  1. To lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the work of an engineer on; as, to engineer a road.
  2. To use contrivance and effort for; to guide the course of; to manage; as, to engineer a bill through Congress.
  3. To plan, lay out, or direct; plan and execute the construction of ( a road, canal, etc).
  4. To direct as an engineer the execution or formation of; to perform the office of an engineer in respect of; as, to engineer a canal, to engineer a tunnel through the Alps: to work upon; to ply; to try some scheme or plan upon. " Unless we engineered him with question after question we could get nothing out of him."- Cowper. Also to guide or manage by ingenuity and tact; to conduct through or over obstacles by contrivance and effort; as, to engineer a bill through a legislative body.
  5. To execute by contrivance.
  6. To plan and superintend the construction of.
  7. design as an engineer; " He engineered the water supply project"
  8. To superintend the engineering of; to try engineering measures with; to manage to carry through, as by skill of engineering.
  9. a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
  10. One who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an engine driver.
  11. One who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance; an efficient manager.
  12. One who is skilled in the principles or practice of any branch of mechanical science; one who has charge of and manages an engine or locomotive; one of an army corps which builds bridges, roads, etc., for military use; one who carries through a scheme or undertaking.
  13. An engine- maker or manager: one who directs military works and engines: a CIVIL ENGINEER, one who superintends the construction of public works: a MECHANICAL ENGINEER practices the avocation of the machinist, in executing the presses, mills, looms, and other great machines employed in the arts and manufactures, particularly in constructing steam- engines, and the apparatus by which they are rendered available for giving motion to ships, carriages, or machinery: one who manages military engines or artillery: an engine- driver; one who manages a railway engine; a person who attends to the machinery on board a steam- vessel: one who carries through any scheme or enterprise by skill or artful contrivance; a manager.
  14. One who has charge of the construction of military or public works; an engine- driver.
  15. One versed in or practising engineering.
  16. One who runs an engine.