as·​sem·​bly-line | \ə-ˈsem-blē-ˌlīn \

Definition of assembly-line 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: made by or as if by an assembly line especially : lacking originality or creativity bored by the novel's assembly-line plot

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Definition of assembly line (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Daihatsu halted production at four factories and will make a decision later in the day about restarting assembly lines Monday night. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Japan Flooding, Mudslides Kill More Than a Hundred People," 9 July 2018 To realize this vision, Ford ushered in the moving assembly line during 1913. Casey Williams,, "Driving the Ford Model T through 110 years of American audacity," 3 July 2018 Since handing over the first Model 3s to employees in July 2017, Tesla has pushed back production goals for the car several times, citing issues with battery-pack output at the gigafactory and with automating assembly lines. Fortune, "Tesla Defends Paying a PE Firm Linked to Its Lead Independent Director. But Activist Investors Want Him Out," 30 May 2018 No one will use the term waiting list, but the high-performance vehicles are not coming off any assembly line. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Raj Nair, fired from Ford, now leads company that builds $450K Ford GT," 18 May 2018 La Moderna has two assembly lines going now, one for long products, such as spaghetti or linguine, and another for short products, such as elbow pasta, fideo and shell pasta. Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Carb alert: This $50 million plant in Cleburne can pump out 4,000 tons of pasta a month | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Mar. 2018 An aircraft is seen at the assembly line of Embraer in São José dos Campos in February. Samantha Pearson And Jeffrey Lewis, WSJ, "Boeing-Embraer Deal Faces Political Backlash in Brazil," 6 July 2018 He was even seen personally torquing bolts on an assembly line, alongside a summer intern. Fortune, "Tesla's Mad Scramble to Meet Production Deadline Is Coming to an End," 30 June 2018 Some law enforcement officials even served the barbecue meal in two assembly lines, ensuring kids grabbed water bottles to stay hydrated. Alison Kuznitz,, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: an arrangement for assembling a product mechanically in which work passes from one operation to the next in a direct line until the product is finished

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