What does factory mean?

Definitions for factory
ˈfæk tə ri, -trifac·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. factory, mill, manufacturing plant, manufactorynoun

    a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing


  1. factorynoun

    A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.

  2. factorynoun

    The position or state of being a factor.

  3. factorynoun

    A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.

  4. factorynoun

    A device which produces or manufactures something.

  5. factorynoun

    In a computer program or library, a function or method which creates an object.

  6. Etymology: From factoria, from factor. Probably via a Romance language; compare Italian fattoria, Spanish factoría, Portuguese feitoria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Factorynoun

    a house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers

  2. Factorynoun

    the body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory

  3. Factorynoun

    a building, or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares, or utensils; a manufactory; as, a cotton factory

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. factorerie.]


  1. Factory

    A factory or manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another. Factories arose with the introduction of machinery during the Industrial Revolution when the capital and space requirements became too great for cottage industry or workshops. Early factories that contained small amounts of machinery, such as one or two spinning mules, and fewer than a dozen workers have been called "glorified workshops. Most modern factories have large warehouses or warehouse-like facilities that contain heavy equipment used for assembly line production. Large factories tend to be located with access to multiple modes of transportation, with some having rail, highway and water loading and unloading facilities. Factories may either make discrete products or some type of material continuously produced such as chemicals, pulp and paper or refined oil products. Factories manufacturing chemicals are often called plants and may have most of their equipment, consisting of tanks, pressure vessels, chemical reactors and pumps and piping located outdoors and are operated by personnel in control rooms. Oil refineries are similar to chemical plants in that most equipment is outdoors.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. factory

    A place where a considerable number of factors reside; as Lisbon, Leghorn, Calcutta, &c. Factory comprehends the business of a firm or company, as that of the India Company at Canton, or the Hudson's Bay Fur Company in North America.

Editors Contribution

  1. factory

    A type of building and property created and designed for a specific purpose.

    The factory was located near the village.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factory' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2314

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factory' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1900

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factory' in Nouns Frequency: #747

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of factory in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of factory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of factory in a Sentence

  1. Wei Jianjun:

    We believe once we sell more than 50,000 units in the EU, we will begin to consider building a factory there.

  2. Proverb:

    One man's shit is anothers factory of bliss.

  3. Michael Zerbs:

    It's critical that we bring new skills into the organization. Clearly, we see the factory as a way to attract new talent, it's really one part of a much larger technology initiative.

  4. Joerg Bauer:

    We are about to introduce a double-shift at our plant in Neukirch, open a bigger factory building in nearby Lindau and increase our staff from 40 currently to 60.

  5. Lordstown Chief Executive Steve Burns:

    When you live in a factory area and the factory closes, there is a lot of pain there, this should be the electric epicenter of the Midwest if you do it right.

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