Engineering drawing
An engineering drawing, a type of technical drawing
Technical drawing
Technical drawing, also known as drafting or draughting, is the act and discipline of composing plans that visually communicate how something functions or has to be constructed.Drafting is the language of industry....

, is used to fully and clearly define requirements for engineered
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...


Engineering drawing (the activity) produces engineering drawings (the documents). More than just the drawing of pictures, it is also a language
Language may refer either to the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, or to a specific instance of such a system of complex communication...

—a graphical language that communicates ideas and information from one mind to another. Most especially, it communicates all needed information from the engineer who designed a part to the workers who will make it.
Engineering drawing and artistic drawing are both types of drawing, and either may be called simply "drawing" when the context is implicit.