What does machinery mean?

Definitions for machineryməˈʃi nə ri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word machinery.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

  5. Origin: [From Machine: cf. F. machinerie.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of machinery in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of machinery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

  2. Julie Burchill:

    Being a child is horrible. It is slightly better than being a tree or a piece of heavy machinery but not half as good as being a domestic cat.

  3. Chairani Rachmatullah:

    It's risky if we use B30 (because) machinery can shut down, eventually the machinery gets clogged with residue like slagging causing blockages, and then it breaks down.

  4. Abdul Rahman Kabiri:

    We haven't seen this much snow, or this many avalanches, for 30 years, if the central government doesn't provide humanitarian support, machinery and food soon, this will turn to a disaster.

  5. Chris Mercer:

    We re-engined the craft with new engines, added new rotating machinery, new command and control systems, new skirts and fixes to corrosion issues. This put another 10 years of life back into the LCAC.

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