What does machinery mean?

Definitions for machinery
məˈʃi nə rima·chin·ery

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.

    Etymology: From machinerie, from machine; see machine.

  2. machinery(Noun)

    The working parts of a machine as a group.

    Etymology: From machinerie, from machine; see machine.

  3. machinery(Noun)

    The collective parts of something which allow it to function.

    Etymology: From machinerie, from machine; see machine.

  4. machinery(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From machinerie, from machine; see machine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machinery(noun)

    machines, in general, or collectively

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

  2. Machinery(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  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

    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  

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

How to pronounce machinery?

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How to say machinery in sign language?

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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

Examples of machinery in a Sentence

  1. Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr.:

    A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the Federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house. The law will of necessity have inquisitorial features, it will provide penalties. It will create a complicated machinery. Under it businessmen will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of Federal inspectors, spies and detectives will descend upon the state. They will compel men of business to show their books and disclose the secrets of their affairs. They will dictate forms of bookkeeping. They will require statements and affidavits. On the one hand the inspector can blackmail the taxpayer and on the other, he can profit by selling his secret to his competitor.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand.

  3. 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.

  4. Thames Water:

    This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen, it’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.

  5. John Maynard Keynes:

    Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one.

Images & Illustrations of machinery

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