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

assembly line


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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Airbus plans to build 6,000 of the planes over the next 20 years at its new assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Boeing strikes deal with Embraer to make regional jets," 5 July 2018 Then the players, working as if on an assembly line, rolled out the dough, cut it and shaped into pie pans, filled it with chicken and vegetable mixtures, added a layer of dough on top and then vacuum-sealed each pie. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 Recently, Tesla expanded its production facilities to an assembly line underneath a temporary tent-like structure—an unprecedented move in the auto manufacturing industry. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "After subpoenaing Apple in trade secrets case, Tesla goes after Facebook," 27 June 2018 The Alfa Romeo Mito would be halted at the main Turin plant, known as Mirafiori, where a second Maserati SUV would likely be added as an addition to the Levante model already coming off its assembly lines. Tommaso Ebhardt,, "Fiat CEO Is Ready to Abandon Making Mass-Market Cars in Italy," 18 May 2018 Think of a malting house as an industrial culinary assembly line. Marc Bona,, "West Branch Malts celebrates opening, offers breweries an 'all-Ohio' option," 8 May 2018 The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the cars were being built partly by hand as the company struggled with its automated body-panel assembly line. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla Model 3 delivery delayed again," 9 Jan. 2018 When dosed right, that compound might also interact with our own inner chemistry to beneficial effect — a deterrent turned treatment, concocted by an assembly line of enzymes. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Will launching plants into orbit yield new medicines?," 22 June 2018 That assembly line, at a factory operated by Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn, is described in a new report by a watchdog group that advocates for better working conditions at Chinese companies. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Watchdog criticizes conditions at Chinese factory that builds Amazon Echo speakers," 9 June 2018

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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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: 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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