engineer
I. noun Etymology: Middle English engineour, from Anglo-French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin Date: 14th century 1. a member of a military group devoted to engineering work 2. obsolete a crafty schemer ; plotter 3. a. a designer or builder of engines b. a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering c. a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance 4. a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus II. transitive verb Date: 1843 1. to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer <
engineer a bridge
>
2. a. to contrive or plan out usually with more or less subtle skill and craft <
engineer a business deal
>
b. to guide the course of <
engineer a rally
>
3. to modify or produce by genetic engineering <
corn engineered to resist crop pests
>
Synonyms: see guide

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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