Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

machinery

play
noun ma·chin·ery \mə-ˈshē-nə-rē, -ˈshēn-rē\

Simple Definition of machinery

  • : machines of a particular kind or machines in general

  • : the working parts of a machine

  • : an organization or system by which something is done

Full Definition of machinery

plural ma·chin·er·ies

  1. 1 a :  machines in general or as a functioning unit b :  the working parts of a machine

  2. 2 :  the means or system by which something is kept in action or a desired result is obtained <the machinery of government>

Examples of machinery

  1. Some of the mill's machinery was damaged in the fire.

  2. a piece of farm machinery

  3. Something was clogging the machinery.

  4. The United Nations has set up machinery for mediation.



1687

First Known Use of machinery

1687



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up machinery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ