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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v engineer plan and direct (a complex undertaking) "he masterminded the robbery"
    • v engineer design as an engineer "He engineered the water supply project"
    • n engineer a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
    • n engineer the operator of a railway locomotive
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Frick portable steam engine of 1877 Frick portable steam engine of 1877
Ruin of Newcomen engine Ruin of Newcomen engine
Deutschland's quadruple expansion engine Deutschland's quadruple expansion engine
Twin screw propeller and steam engine Twin screw propeller and steam engine
Locomobile steam engine Locomobile steam engine
Branca's Steam Engine Branca's Steam Engine
Savery's Engine Savery's Engine
Desaguliers's Engine Desaguliers's Engine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs
    • Engineer A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer . See under Engineering n.
    • Engineer One who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance; an efficient manager.
    • Engineer One who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an engine driver.
    • Engineer To lay out or construct, as an engineer; to perform the work of an engineer on; as, to engineer a road.
    • Engineer To use contrivance and effort for; to guide the course of; to manage; as, to engineer a bill through Congress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first jet engine was invented by Frank Whittleof of England in 1930.
    • n engineer A person skilled in the principles and practice of any department of engineering. Engineers are classified, according to the particular business pursued by them, as military, naval or marine, civil, mining, and mechanical or dynamic engineers. (See engineering.) In the United States navy engineers are classed as follows: Engineer in chief, ranking with a commodore and having charge of the Bureau of Steam Engineering at the Navy Department; chief engineers, ranking, according to length of service, with lieutenant-commanders, commanders, or captains; passed assistant engineers, officers who have passed their examination for chief engineer, and who rank with lieutenants; and assistant engineers, who rank with ensigns or lieutenants.
    • n engineer An engine-driver; one who manages an engine; a person who has charge of an engine and its connected machinery, as on board a steam-vessel.
    • n engineer One who carries through any scheme or enterprise by skill or artful contrivance; a manager.
    • engineer To plan and direct the formation or carrying out of; direct as an engineer: as, to engineer a canal or a tunnel.
    • engineer To work upon; ply; try some scheme or plan upon.
    • engineer To guide or manage by ingenuity and tact; conduct through or over obstacles by contrivance and effort: as, to engineer a bill through Congress.
    • n engineer The title of an officer of the corps of civil engineers of the United States Navy. See corps.
    • n engineer An official grade of governmental engineering officers in some countries, as in France.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The search engine Google got its name from the word "googol," which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it
    • Engineer an engine maker or manager: one who directs works and engines: a soldier belonging to the division of the army called Engineers, consisting of men trained to engineering work
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.”
  • Charles Sawyer
    Charles Sawyer
    “Profit is the ignition system of our economic engine.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound”
  • William Shakespeare
    “For 'Tis the sport to have the engineer hoisted with his own petard.”
  • Joyce Cary
    Joyce Cary
    “The will is never free -- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car -- it can't steer.”
  • George S. Patton
    “I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enginer,: cf. OF. engignier, F. ingénieur,. See Engine (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. engin—L. ingenium, skill. See Ingenious.


In literature:

The engineering professions and trades supplied the technical staffs and skilled mechanics.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
I asked permission to speak with the engineer, which was given.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
In the engine-room there was, of course, no space for supports in the middle, but in their place two stay ends were fixed on either side.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
You are now chief engineer, or anything else you please, at a chief engineer's salary.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
He is no longer able to read voraciously on the subject of Heat and Heat-engines.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
So with the "third relief"; and, inside of three hours from the time the work began, the engineer wagons were crossing the river.
"Company 'A', corps of engineers, U.S.A., 1846-'48, in the Mexican war" by Gustavus Woodson Smith
I was, he had settled, to be an engineer.
"Aliens" by William McFee
The explosive type of engine was next called into requisition to do battle against the living competitor of the engineer's handiwork.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
The door shattered then, and the big hulk of Mate Grundy tumbled in, with the two deckhands and the pair from the engine room behind him.
"Let'em Breathe Space" by Lester del Rey
Alongside the engine room the engineer lay prone on the deck with his second bending over him.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The signal being given, the engine started off with this immense train of carriages.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
Amadeo was a locomotive-engineer.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
Whilst the sailor, seconded by the engineer, thus occupied himself without losing an hour, Gideon Spilett and Herbert were not idle.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
How much, anyhow, did an engineer know about an engine?
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
The walls were thin, thin but hard, as befit masters of atomic engineering.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
Fix the piles, and let the engineer see to the tightening up, as you may injure the piles.
"Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge" by John Newman
The dynamo should be so placed that the engineer can get to every side of it easily.
"Wrinkles in Electric Lighting" by Vincent Stephen
Their presence appeared to be even more unsatisfactory to the chief-engineer.
"Success and How He Won It" by E. Werner
I begin to fear that we have made a mistake in putting ourselves into the hands of this engineer-in-chief.
"The Alpine Fay" by Elisabeth Buerstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
Latterly I have slept soundly, in spite of the noise of the engines.
"Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S." by Percy F. Westerman

In poetry:

We danced at night in the farm-house,
While, fifty yards away,
We could hear the rush of the engines
When the fiddle had ceased to play.
"We Danced At Night In The Farm House" by Alexander Anderson
Yet the master proudly shows
To foreign strangers factory scenes:
"These are men—and engines those—"
"I see nothing but—machines!"
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
A worker on the rail, where, day by day,
The engine storms along,
And sends forth, as he thunders on his way,
Wild strains of eagle song.
"To My Readers" by Alexander Anderson
And still danced the lads and the lasses,
While, fifty yards away,
We could hear the roar of the engines
When the fiddle had ceased to play.
"We Danced At Night In The Farm House" by Alexander Anderson
"Keep to your halls," the rough winds say,
"Nor overstep your starry pale,
Ye could not for one moment play
With the wild engine on the rail;
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson
Yet does it many duties teach,
Which legal light could never reach:
Thus faith, repentance, and the like,
Are fire that gospel-engines strike.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Construction engineer Jerry Gorski of Gorski Engineering in Conshohocken, Pa.
This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers' Choice honorable mention.
That cheeky blue steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into Southern Colorado this summer and he's inviting junior engineers to join him for a train ride.
Because of its size, the Rolls-Royce Tay engine is considered somewhat of a transitional engine between corporate aircraft and transport category aircraft.
Trapper Schoepp & the Shades Song: "Run, Engine, Run" Album: Run, Engine, Run.
Engineering theory is no longer taught in schools, but is a speciality of knowledge and design capability that must be learned over time and through repeated engineering design failure.
"The thickeners we developed years ago were too expensive for wide use," said principal coinvestigator Eric Beckman, George M Bevier Professor of Engineering in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.
"The thickeners we developed years ago were too expensive for wide use," says principal co-investigator Eric Beckman, George M Bevier Professor of Engineering in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.
Microsoft explains its controversial decision to unify the rendering and editing engines in Outlook 2007 and use only the Word 2007 engine, even though there are some HTML and CSS attributes that it does not support.
Snecma launched the Silvercrest core-engine demonstrator program in 2006, built the engine in 2007 and successfully completed testing of it in March 2008.
Tod Rittenhouse is an expert in blast engineering from the international consulting engineering firm Weidlinger Associates and has been the blast engineer for a number of embassies and government buildings.
LTAA will provide PW150A spare engines for planned and unplanned engine removals LTAA's pooling concept also includes the management of Tyrolean 's spare engines.
Joe Araucto, Island County's construction engineer, and Connie Bowers, assistant county engineer, discuss the proposed roadwork on Boon Road with worried neighbors.
Funeral services were held Monday for Carl W Birks, who was the first African American to earn a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
In a Casper garage lined with antique license plates, hubcaps and a Route 66 wall clock, mentors wheeled an engine hoist over to the car, an engine dangling from its top.

In science:

The Google engine also analyzes textual information in addition to link structure.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Currently web search engines do not exploit short path lengths between webpages.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
DP9 is a gateway service that allows general search engines (e.g.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
DP9 is a gateway service that allows general search engines, (e.g.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
This service allows search engines that do not support the OAI-PMH to index the ”Deep Web” contained within OAI-PMH-compliant repositories.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
The versatility of infinitely divisible MRW is very interesting to account for various stylized facts of financial times series such that the multiscaling, the power-law tail behavior of return pdf and therefore such models can be very helpful for financial engineering and risk management.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
These ideas and relations were developed in system theory and engineering mathematics many years ago, see e.g. going back to the pioneering works by M.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
Since the maiden engineering flights from Palesti ne, TX, in the Summer of 1997, LXeGRIT has been improved and has successfully flown again twice from Ft.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Duplantier, in Fractals: Theory and Applications in Engineering, M.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Physics and Engineering Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Complex behavior from a simple physical system: A numerical investigation
Thus, we regard that independent multiple shells are arising intermittently from the central engine to satisfy the required large dispersion of their Lorentz factors.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
On the other hand, the inhomogeneity of the residual radiation field is less clear and the degree of inhomogeneities largely depends on the character of the central engine, about which we have little information.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Each shell is emitted from the central engine as a fireball with some initial radius ∆.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
If there was only one type of engine, then all the parts and other attributes of engines could be expressed within the ‘vehicle’ pattern, without the need for a separate pattern to represent the engine.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition