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
Recent Examples on the Web KONTi's ultimate goal is to produce 100 units a month from a factory in Puerto Rico, where they can be shipped all over the globe. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "Architect's innovative shipping container homes could help solve Puerto Rico's housing crisis," 14 Sep. 2020 And while employment in manufacturing climbed to a 12-year high in November last year, the pandemic has seen more than 700,000 jobs on factory floors disappear. Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s 2016 China-Bashing Playbook Risks Flopping Against Biden," 11 Sep. 2020 Qatar Airways, for example, had stopped accepting planes from the factory. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Boeing 787 Dreamliner Deliveries Slowed by Quality Concerns," 8 Sep. 2020 So the Grand Wagoneer won’t even be the first six-figure Jeep to come from the factory. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Analysis: It's Time to Accept That Jeep Is a Luxury Brand," 4 Sep. 2020 The contractor used an industrial-grade paint for use on factory floors and/or high-traffic wooden floors. Washington Post, "What to do about white painted floors that are yellowing," 31 Aug. 2020 During this pandemic, the White House has declared all food system employees—from farm fields to factory floors to grocery aisles to restaurant kitchens—to be essential workers. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, "Beyond Big Meat," 4 Aug. 2020 The pace of automation in some parts of the economy, like factory floors and warehouses, is almost certain to accelerate. The Economist, "Free exchange The fear of robots displacing workers has returned," 30 July 2020 Other methods of removing CO2 from the air include sequestration, in which CO2 from a factory is absorbed into a liquid or solid and stored. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rock Dust Could Be Farming’s Next Climate Solution," 21 July 2020

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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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The first known use of factory was in 1582

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18 Sep 2020

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“Factory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce factory (audio)

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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