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. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake:

    This minimum damage cost does not include damaged vehicles, equipment and machinery. We urge foreign donors to channel their relief efforts through the government.

  2. Arnaldo Zunizakae:

    We want to be able to sell to Bunge, Amaggi, Cargill, Dreyfus, so we can buy our own machinery. But without licensing that shows the origin, our soy has to go out clandestinely.

  3. 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.

  4. Josef Schuster:

    Even if the defendant will probably not serve the full prison sentence due to his advanced age, the verdict is to be welcomed, the thousands of people who worked in the concentration camps kept the murder machinery running. They were part of the system, so they should take responsibility for it.

  5. Tom Learmouth:

    The sharp fall in machinery orders in February poses downside risks to our view that business investment continued to rise last quarter, however, the recovery in private investment should still gather pace again in the second half of the year as vaccines allow the economy to regain full health.

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