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civil engineer

a person who designs public works, as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and harbors, or supervises their construction or maintenance.
Origin of civil engineer
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A mixture of military and civil-engineer administration and operation is mentioned as unsatisfactory in results.

  • As civil-engineer, employed on public works, Ribera enjoyed a good salary.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Arthur Maxwell, who was a civil-engineer, had been followed by ill-fortune for some time.

  • I have been a civil-engineer, employed at laying out some of the worst roads in the West, and of course laying them out the worst.

    The Coward Henry Morford
  • He had, soon afterwards, married the sister of the civil-engineer Ribera.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • "It seems to me I would rather be a civil-engineer than anything else," answered the boy, a little hesitatingly.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • Now, without really knowing anything about it, he thinks he would like to become a civil-engineer.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
British Dictionary definitions for civil-engineer

civil engineer

a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc
Derived Forms
civil engineering, noun
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