What does Machinery mean?

Definitions for Machinery
məˈʃi nə rima·chin·e·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. machinerynoun

    machines or machine systems collectively

  2. machinerynoun

    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"


  1. machinerynoun

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

  2. machinerynoun

    The working parts of a machine as a group.

  3. machinerynoun

    The collective parts of something which allow it to function.

  4. machinerynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Machinerynoun

    Etymology: from machine.


  1. machinery

    A machine is a physical system using power to apply forces and control movement to perform an action. The term is commonly applied to artificial devices, such as those employing engines or motors, but also to natural biological macromolecules, such as molecular machines. Machines can be driven by animals and people, by natural forces such as wind and water, and by chemical, thermal, or electrical power, and include a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. They can also include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, often called mechanical systems. Renaissance natural philosophers identified six simple machines which were the elementary devices that put a load into motion, and calculated the ratio of output force to input force, known today as mechanical advantage.Modern machines are complex systems that consist of structural elements, mechanisms and control components and include interfaces for convenient use. Examples include: a wide range of vehicles, such as trains, automobiles, boats and airplanes; appliances in the home and office, including computers, building air handling and water handling systems; as well as farm machinery, machine tools and factory automation systems and robots.


  1. machinery

    Machinery refers to devices or group of devices with moving parts that utilize power to perform specific tasks or functions. These machines are generally used in processes such as manufacturing or production, construction, transportation, and other industrial or agricultural activities. They may operate based on mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical principles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machinerynoun

    machines, in general, or collectively

  2. Machinerynoun

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

  3. Machinerynoun

    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. Machinerynoun

    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. Etymology: [From Machine: cf. F. machinerie.]

Editors Contribution

  1. machinery

    A group of machines.

    All the machinery for the business had an annual service and maintenance plan, a proactive and common sense approach.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

  2. machinery

    The functions of a machine.

    The machinery is all working efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

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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

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  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

Examples of Machinery in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Horace Mann:

    Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.

  4. Chris Baumann:

    I’ve done a bunch of different jobs, but the one where I did n’t need to work out was working at a woodmill in Steamboat Springs( Colorado), you get real big logs where you need machinery to move them, but some of the smaller ones you can move yourself.

  5. Charles Kalemba:

    It’s worse today. A number of places are flooding and a number of roads and bridges are cut. Visibility is almost zero. Electricity is off and also network is a problem. It’s becoming more and more dire, it’s tough. We need to use machinery (for rescue operations) but machines cannot go to places where they were supposed to excavate because of the rains.

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