engineering en‧gi‧neer‧ing [ˌendʒˈnɪərɪŋ ǁ -ˈnɪr-] noun [uncountable]
MANUFACTURING the profession and activity of designing the way roads, bridges, machines, electrical equipment etc are built:

• Most students specialize in one single branch of engineering.

• Building the Channel Tunnel was an incredible feat of engineering.

• The investigation revealed deficiencies in the aircraft's design and engineering.

• The contract went to a French engineering company.

ˌchemical engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
engineering that involves the use of chemistry in large-scale industrial processes, for example in the production of oil and the manufacture of plastics:

• He wanted to join ICI to work in chemical engineering.

ˌcivil engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design, building, and repair of roads, bridges, large buildings etc:

• the world's biggest civil engineering project

conˌcurrent engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
a way of developing new products in which everyone who is involved with the product, including the designers, makers, and sales people, work together from the beginning :

• Concurrent engineering is a process by which a company can develop high-quality, consistent software products with a minimum of maintenance.

eˌlectrical engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design and building of electrical equipment
ˌheavy engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design and building of large machines and equipment:

• companies involved with heavy engineering, eg the production of electricity generating plant

ˌlight engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design and building of small machines, equipment etc:

• Industrially, the area is dominated by light engineering and manufacturing.

meˌchanical engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design and building of machines and tools
preˌcision engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the design and building of complicated tools and instruments whose parts must be exactly right in size and position:

• In the 1970s and 1980s, higher value-added industries such as precision engineering were attracted to Singapore.

reˌverse engiˈneering MANUFACTURING MARKETING
when a product is studied to see how it is made, so that it can be copied
simulˌtaneous engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
another name for concurrent engineering
ˌsoftware engiˈneering COMPUTING
the design and producing of computer software:

• a computer-aided software engineering tool

ˌstructural engiˈneering MANUFACTURING
the planning and building of large structures such as bridges:

• Tudor Engineering Co. will provide structural engineering services for the new mass-transit system.

— see also financial engineering

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engineering UK US /ˌendʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ/ noun [U]
the work of an engineer, for example, designing or building machines, electrical equipment, roads, etc. using scientific principles: »

She wants to encourage more women into engineering.


engineering work/company/project

PRODUCTION the way that something has been designed and built: »

Despite some very clever engineering, the products failed to attract customers.

See also CHEMICAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑chemical engineering), CIVIL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑civil engineering), COMPUTER-ASSISTED ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑computer-assisted engineering), CONCURRENT ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑concurrent engineering), ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑electrical engineering), FINANCIAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑financial engineering), GENETIC ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑genetic engineering), HEAVY ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑heavy engineering), HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑human factors engineering), INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑industrial engineering), LIGHT ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑light engineering), MECHANICAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑mechanical engineering), PRECISION ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑precision engineering), REVERSE ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑reverse engineering), SIMULTANEOUS ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑simultaneous engineering), SOCIAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑social engineering), SOFTWARE ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑software engineering), STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑structural engineering), VALUE ENGINEERING(Cf. ↑value engineering)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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