Etymology
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engineering (n.)

1720, "work done by an engineer," from engineer (n.). As a field of study, attested from 1792. An earlier word was engineership (1640s); engineery was attempted in 1793, but it did not stick.

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Definitions of engineering

engineering (n.)
the practical application of technical and scientific knowledge to commerce or industry;
engineering (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: engineering science / applied science / technology
engineering (n.)
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located;
Synonyms: engine room
From wordnet.princeton.edu