Engineer vs Mechanical - What's the difference?

engineer | mechanical |


As a noun engineer

is a person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.

As a verb engineer

is to design, construct or manage something as an engineer.

As an adjective mechanical is

characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.

engineer

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  • A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "engineer": mechanical, electrical, civil, architectural, environmental, mechatronics, industrial, optical, nuclear, structural, chemical, military, electronic, professional, chartered, licensed, certified, qualified.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  • To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  • To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.
  • mechanical

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.
  • *, I.43:
  • all manner of silks were already become so vile and abject, that was any man seene to weare them, he was presently judged to be some countrie fellow, or mechanicall man.
  • Related to mechanics (the branch of physics that deals with forces acting on mass).
  • Related to mechanics (the design and construction of machines).
  • Done by machine.
  • Using mechanics (the design and construction of machines): being a machine.
  • As if performed by a machine: lifeless or mindless.
  • (of a person) Acting as if one were a machine: lifeless or mindless.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.}}
  • (informal) Handy with machines.
  • Derived terms

    * electromechanical * mechanical erasure * mechanicality * mechanically * mechanicalness * mechanical pencil * postmechanical * premechanical