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 for software engineering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Engineering \En`gi*neer"ing\, n.
     Originally, the art of managing engines; in its modern and
     extended sense, the art and science by which the properties
     of matter are made useful to man, whether in structures,
     machines, chemical substances, or living organisms; the
     occupation and work of an engineer. In the modern sense, the
     application of mathematics or systematic knowledge beyond the
     routine skills of practise, for the design of any complex
     system which performs useful functions, may be considered as
     engineering, including such abstract tasks as designing
     software ({software engineering).
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Note: In a comprehensive sense, engineering includes
           architecture as a mechanical art, in distinction from
           architecture as a fine art. It was formerly divided
           into military engineering, which is the art of
           designing and constructing offensive and defensive
           works, and civil engineering, in a broad sense, as
           relating to other kinds of public works, machinery,
           etc.
  
     Civil engineering, in modern usage, is strictly the art of
        planning, laying out, and constructing fixed public works,
        such as railroads, highways, canals, aqueducts, water
        works, bridges, lighthouses, docks, embankments,
        breakwaters, dams, tunnels, etc.
  
     Mechanical engineering relates to machinery, such as steam
        engines, machine tools, mill work, etc.
  
     Mining engineering deals with the excavation and working of
        mines, and the extraction of metals from their ores, etc.
        Engineering is further divided into steam engineering, gas
        engineering, agricultural engineering, topographical
        engineering, electrical engineering, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  software engineering
  
      (SE) A systematic approach to the analysis,
     design, implementation and maintenance of software.  It
     often involves the use of CASE tools.  There are various
     models of the software life-cycle, and many methodologies
     for the different phases.
  
     (1994-11-03)
  

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