Definitions for machineryməˈʃi nə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•chin•er•yməˈʃi nə ri(n.)(pl.)-er•ies.

  1. an assemblage of machines.

    Category: Machinery

  2. the parts of a machine collectively.

    Category: Machinery

  3. a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. machinery(noun)

    machines or machine systems collectively

  2. machinery(noun)

    a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions

    "the complex machinery of negotiation"; "the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. machinery(noun)əˈʃi nə ri

    all the machines of a particular type

    industrial/office machinery

  2. machineryəˈʃi nə ri

    the parts that make up a machine

    the clock's machinery

  3. machineryəˈʃi nə ri

    the way a group or system is organized

    the machinery of the political party


  1. machinery(Noun)

    The machines constituting a production apparatus, in a plant etc., collectively.

  2. machinery(Noun)

    The working parts of a machine as a group.

  3. machinery(Noun)

    The collective parts of something which allow it to function.

  4. machinery(Noun)

    The literary devices used in a work, notably for dramatic effect

  5. Origin: From machinerie, from machine; see machine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machinery(noun)

    machines, in general, or collectively

  2. Machinery(noun)

    the working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch

  3. Machinery(noun)

    the supernatural means by which the action of a poetic or fictitious work is carried on and brought to a catastrophe; in an extended sense, the contrivances by which the crises and conclusion of a fictitious narrative, in prose or verse, are effected

  4. Machinery(noun)

    the means and appliances by which anything is kept in action or a desired result is obtained; a complex system of parts adapted to a purpose

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machinery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3899

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machinery' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4247

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machinery' in Nouns Frequency: #1600

Translations for machinery

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


machines in general

Many products are made by machinery rather than by hand.

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