Engine'er. n.s. [engingnier, French.] One who manages engines; one who directs the artillery of an army.
For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petard. Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Him thus enrag'd,
Descrying from afar, some engineer,
Dext'rous to guide th' unerring charge, design'd
By one nice shot to terminate the war. Phillips.
An author, who points his satire at a great man, is like the engineer who signalized himself by this ungenerous practice. Addison's Freeholder, №. 19.