assembly-line

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adjective

as·​sem·​bly-line ə-ˈsem-blē-ˌlīn How to pronounce assembly-line (audio)
: made by or as if by an assembly line
especially : lacking originality or creativity
bored by the novel's assembly-line plot

assembly line

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noun

1
: an arrangement of machines, equipment, and workers in which work passes from operation to operation in direct line until the product is assembled
2
: a process for turning out a finished product in a mechanically efficient manner
academic assembly lines

Examples of assembly-line in a Sentence

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Adjective
Moving up the ranks in Amazon’s assembly-line like warehouses is a tougher proposition: Just 13% of workers reported receiving a promotion during their time at the company, survey data showed. Matt Day, Fortune, 16 May 2024 His assembly-line production techniques transformed both manufacturing and American life, making automobile transportation affordable for most families. Jonathan Bean, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024
Noun
Toyota said shipment halts will affect two assembly lines responsible for the production of 130,000 units a year. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune Asia, 3 June 2024 Still, Whitaker said, the FAA will continue to cap production of the 737 Max, Boeing’s best-selling plane, and to insist on approving each plane that comes off the assembly line. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for assembly-line 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1925, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of assembly-line was in 1914

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“Assembly-line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assembly-line. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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assembly line

noun
: an arrangement of machines, equipment, and workers in which work passes from operation to operation in direct line until the product is assembled

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