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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What person wants to stand in an assembly line for 40 years repeating the same 90-second cycle over and over again without self-improvement, encouragement to do better or the opportunity to learn new skills? Pehr Gyllenhammar For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Former Volvo CEO: Companies still aren't giving workers what they deserve," 23 Sep. 2020 Upstairs over White’s garage, his studio is a hodgepodge of books and renderings, firewood and ringing phones that suggests anything but an assembly line. Star Tribune, "Sporting art leads to book of a lifetime," 19 Sep. 2020 This is a big, messy job that starts with placing the largest pots, pans and bowls into an assembly line and ends with cleaning the kitchen. Cathy Barrow, Washington Post, "How to preserve summer tomatoes so you can enjoy them all year long," 26 Aug. 2020 Last week, Bentley marked another important turning point: The last Bentley Mulsanne left the company's assembly line in Crewe, England. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "With its new super fast SUV, Bentley completes a major makeover," 1 July 2020 Previous incidents of debris took place on the KC-46A assembly line. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Bad News for Boeing's Pegasus: Trash Inside Its New Refueling Tankers," 17 June 2020 That way, for six days a week, 11 hours a day, as his hands fly across the assembly line, his mind fills. The Economist, "Listening in Podcasting provides a space for free thought in China," 27 Aug. 2020 With help from the church sexton, Raymond Brooks, some senior members and her adult daughter, Ashley Pryor, the efficient assembly line produced 100 meals. Glenn Graham,, "A West Baltimore woman has spent her life in service. Coronavirus wasn’t going to stop her from feeding her community.," 16 Aug. 2020 Apparently, some of the cars coming off the assembly line at the factory have been put through flood testing. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "See How Teslas Are Basically Boats," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of assembly-line


1925, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Assembly-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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