engineer

[en-juh-neer]
noun
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 called locomotive engineer. Railroads. a 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.
verb (used with object)
6.
to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
7.
to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
8.
to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.

Origin:
1350–1400; engine + -eer; replacing Middle English engin(e)our < Anglo-French engineor Old French engigneor < Medieval Latin ingeniātor, equivalent to ingeniā(re) to design, devise (verbal derivative of ingenium; see engine) + Latin -tor -tor

subengineer, noun
unengineered, adjective
well-engineered, adjective
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engineer (ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə)
 
n
1.  a person trained in any branch of the profession of engineering
2.  the originator or manager of a situation, system, etc
3.  a mechanic; person who repairs or services machines
4.  (US), (Canadian) the driver of a railway locomotive
5.  an officer responsible for a ship's engines
6.  Informal name: sapper a member of the armed forces, esp the army, trained in engineering and construction work
 
vb
7.  to originate, cause, or plan in a clever or devious manner: he engineered the minister's downfall
8.  to design, plan, or construct as a professional engineer
 
[C14: enginer, from Old French engigneor, from engignier to contrive, ultimately from Latin ingenium skill, talent; see engine]

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engineer
early 14c., "constructor of military engines," from O.Fr. engigneor, from L.L. ingeniare (see engine); general sense of "inventor, designer" is recorded from early 15c.; civil sense, in ref. to public works, is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "locomotive driver" is first attested
1832, Amer.Eng. The verb is attested from 1843; figurative sense of "arrange, contrive" is attested from 1864, originally in a political context. Related: Engineered. Engineering as a field of study is attested from 1792; an earlier word was engineership (1640s). Engineery was attempted in 1793, but it did not stick.
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