engineering

If you're good at engineering that means you're able to apply scientific or mathematical ideas to real-world projects like designing a bridge, building a radio tower, and of course, designing engines.

Think of engineering as the field where science, math, and technology meet. If you like to understand how things work and like building new things even more, then consider going into engineering. The word comes, predictably enough, from the word engine. You wouldn't want a poet designing the engine of your airplane, would you? Me neither.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: engineering

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n
the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
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n
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: engineering
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n the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems

“he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study”
Synonyms:
applied science, engineering science, technology
Types:
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aeronautical engineering
the branch of engineering science concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
bionics
application of biological principles to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)
bioengineering, biotechnology, ergonomics
the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
chemical engineering
the branch of engineering that is concerned with the design and construction and operation of the plants and machinery used in industrial chemical processes
civil engineering
the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction of such public works as dams or bridges
EE, electrical engineering
the branch of engineering science that studies the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution and the control of machines and communication
computer science, computing
the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
architectural engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the construction of buildings (as distinguished from architecture as a design art)
industrial engineering, industrial management
the branch of engineering that deals with the creation and management of systems that integrate people and materials and energy in productive ways
IT, information technology
the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information
mechanical engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of machinery
nanotechnology
the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)
nuclear engineering
the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction and operation of nuclear reactors
naval engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of ships
rocketry
the branch of engineering science that studies rocket design and operation
hydraulic engineering
the branch of civil engineering dealing with the use and control of water in motion
telecommunication
(often plural) the branch of electrical engineering concerned with the technology of electronic communication at a distance
object
(computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
AI, artificial intelligence
the branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively
tribology
the branch of engineering that deals with the interaction of surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears): their design and friction and wear and lubrication
Type of:
bailiwick, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field
a branch of knowledge

n the practical application of science to commerce or industry

Synonyms:
technology
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aeronautical engineering
the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
automotive engineering, automotive technology
the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
chemical engineering
the activity of applying chemistry to the solution of practical problems
communications technology
the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
computer technology
the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
high tech, high technology
highly advanced technological development (especially in electronics)
rail technology, railroading
the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
automation, mechanisation, mechanization
the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology; usually involving electronic hardware
digital communications technology
the design and construction of communications technology that transmits information in digital form
maglev, magnetic levitation
high-speed rail technology; train is suspended on a magnetic cushion above a magnetized track and so travels free of friction
Type of:
profession
an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
application, practical application
the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose
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n a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located

Synonyms:
engine room
Type of:
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
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