assembly

noun

as·​sem·​bly ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce assembly (audio)
plural assemblies
1
: a company of persons gathered for deliberation and legislation, worship, or entertainment
an assembly of religious leaders
2
capitalized : a legislative body
specifically : the lower house of a legislature
3
: a meeting of a student body and usually faculty for administrative, educational, or recreational purposes
A school assembly was held in the auditorium.
4
a
: assemblage sense 1
an assembly of well-wishers
b
: assemblage sense 2
a place of public assembly
5
: a signal for troops to assemble or fall in
6
a
: the fitting together of manufactured parts into a complete machine, structure, or unit of a machine
the assembly of an automobile
b
: a collection of parts so assembled
7
: the translation of assembly language to machine language by an assembler

Examples of assembly in a Sentence

The parts are made in this factory and then shipped to another country for assembly. the New York State Assembly an assembly of armed men School assemblies were usually held in the cafeteria.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English asemble, assemble "gathering, meeting, group gathered for a purpose, as a deliberative body," borrowed from Anglo-French asemblee, assemblee, noun derivative from feminine past participle of asembler, assembler "to come together, assemble"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of assembly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Assembly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assembly. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

assembly

noun
as·​sem·​bly ə-ˈsem-blē How to pronounce assembly (audio)
plural assemblies
1
: a body of persons gathered together (as to make laws or for discussion, worship, or entertainment)
2
capitalized : a governing body
especially : the lower house of a legislature
3
: the act of gathering together or state of being assembled
4
: a signal for troops to assemble
5
: a collection of parts that go to make up a complete machine, structure, or unit of a machine
6
: the translation of assembly language to machine language by an assembler
7
: a meeting of a student body and usually teachers for educational or recreational purposes

Legal Definition

assembly

noun
as·​sem·​bly
plural assemblies
1
a
: a company of persons collected together in one place usually for some common purpose
b
capitalized : a legislative body especially that makes up the lower house of a legislature see also general assembly, legislative assembly
2
: the act of coming together : the condition of being assembled see also unlawful assembly

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