fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce factory (audio) \
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 How to pronounce factorylike (audio) \ 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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Over the past 12 months, factory production has fallen 0.5 percent. BostonGlobe.com, "Portland hospital to get $1m donation from L.L. Bean heirs," 16 Aug. 2019 With a global factory slowdown and Trump’s trade war already weighing on growth, the chances that the U.S. will tip into a recession within the next year have risen to 35%, according to an August survey of economists by Bloomberg News. Sahil Kapur, Fortune, "Trump 2020 Re-election May Be at Slowing Economy’s Mercy," 15 Aug. 2019 In the plan—​a five-​year plan, subdivided into a series of annual plans, broken into monthly plans—​the state set production quotas for each factory and farm. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 The shift would allow Tyson to speed up its factory line. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, "Tyson wants fewer government inspectors in one of its beef plants. Food safety advocates are raising alarms.," 14 Aug. 2019 Ecologically speaking, 35% of these experimental items are upcycled while all other products are made with factories that have certificates of sustainable production. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Meet the 7 Designers Making the Coolest Jeans to Wear Back to School This Fall," 14 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, the infrastructure for Basic Lithium-ion factories already exists globally, and are capable of producing 285 Gigawatt hours worth of power today. Gene Berdichevsky For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The electric car revolution will require us to build better batteries," 14 Aug. 2019 The dome sits atop the East Armory, which faces I-91 and is perhaps the most recognized factory building in the Colt complex, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1864. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "After delay, 48 new apartments at former Colt factory will bring total to 177 units at historic Hartford manufacturing complex," 13 Aug. 2019 The first, Beeber Bifocal, is a 3,000-square-foot cinderblock factory located in Venice Beach before Snapchat took over. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of factory

: a building or group of buildings where products are made


fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈfak-tə-rē How to pronounce factory (audio) , ˈfak-trē\
plural factories

Kids Definition of factory

: a place where products are manufactured

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