factory

noun
fac·to·ry | \ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \
plural factories

Definition of factory 

1 : a station where factors reside and trade a colonial factory

2a : a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing

b : the seat of some kind of production the vice factories of the slums

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Other Words from factory

factorylike \ˈfak-t(ə-)rē-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of factory in a Sentence

She got a job in the factory. the new factory will create hundreds of much-needed jobs

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Soon, the money began to flow to Buffalo; waterfront parks, gleaming modern factories and a cluster of medical and technology facilities were built. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Architect of Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Project Is Convicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme," 12 July 2018 Along the way, stop for a cheese tasting at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese factory and a soft-serve maple creemee at Green Mountain Sugar House. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Fun Things to Do in Vermont," 25 June 2018 San Francisco�s Wonolo offers on-demand staffing for blue-collar jobs in warehouses, factories and food service. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finding blue-collar gig jobs at the tap of an app with Wonolo," 8 June 2018 Trump has been in no mood to hear that migration patterns have returned to historic, seasonal norms this spring, a trend occurring in part because the American economy is buzzing and U.S. farms, factories and businesses are desperate for workers. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 And the exodus of workers from farms generated a pool of cheap labour for factories, fuelling the rise of export industries. The Economist, "Is North Korea the next Vietnam? Don’t count on it," 12 July 2018 Weekday afternoons, guides will show you around the factory, which includes laser-cutting machines, a take-apart room where humans check that pieces are fully separated, and the wall of shame - a photo collage of naughty dogs. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The ammonia factory, a metallic metropolis of pipes and tanks, sits where the red rocks of Western Australia's Pilbara Desert meet the ocean. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Pullman Park includes a 150,000-square-foot Walmart, a Method soap factory, a new Whole Foods distribution center, a second greenhouse for hydroponic greens grower Gotham Greens, and a Potbelly Sandwich Shop that anchors the Gateway Retail Center. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "News / Architecture / Neighborhoods Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of factory

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for factory

fact(or) entry 1 + -ory entry 1; in sense 1 after Portuguese feitoria; in sense 2 perhaps short for manufactory

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Phrases Related to factory

the factory floor

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factory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of factory

: a building or group of buildings where products are made

factory

noun
fac·to·ry | \ˈfak-tə-rē, ˈfak-trē\
plural factories

Kids Definition of factory

: a place where products are manufactured

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