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mechanical engineering Field of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and operation of machinery. Mechanical engineers work in many branches of industry, including transportation, power generation and tool manufacture. Achievements in mechanical engineering include the development of wind and water turbines, steam engines, and internal combustion engines.

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mechanical engineering

mechanical engineering: see engineering.

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