machinery

noun
ma·​chin·​ery | \ mə-ˈshē-nə-rē How to pronounce machinery (audio) , -ˈshēn-rē \
plural machineries

Definition of machinery

1a : machines in general or as a functioning unit
b : the working parts of a machine
2 : the means or system by which something is kept in action or a desired result is obtained the machinery of government

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Examples of machinery in a Sentence

Some of the mill's machinery was damaged in the fire. a piece of farm machinery Something was clogging the machinery. The United Nations has set up machinery for mediation.
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Recent Examples on the Web For you, the marketing machinery that makes careers didn’t exist. New York Times, "Black Art Matters," 13 Jan. 2021 Several times, troops have blundered into stealth missions with loud, heavy machinery. Washington Post, "Bolsonaro sent soldiers to the Amazon to curb deforestation. Here’s how the effort failed.," 4 Jan. 2021 That Dominion is really moving fast to get rid of their, uh, machinery. Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, "In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor," 3 Jan. 2021 That Dominion is really moving fast to get rid of their, uh, machinery. Amy Gardner, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate vote in his favor," 3 Jan. 2021 Despite all the smashed machinery, the Luddite book was also not a best seller, according to Patrick. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021 Early next year, the Marine Education Initiative hopes to have received all the tanks and related machinery from The Aquaponic Source in Colorado in order to launch its aquaponics program within its east Boca Raton location. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Aquaponics program aims to provide food for families in need," 31 Dec. 2020 The patchiness of municipal government machinery drew attention. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Real Republican Radicals," 31 Dec. 2020 The CopyCat, in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood, previously housed a Crown Cork & Seal factory for making bottle-capping machinery. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "During Maryland rent moratorium, more landlords using legal ‘loophole’ as means to evict," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of machinery

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of machinery was in 1687

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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Machinery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machinery. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for machinery

machinery

noun
How to pronounce machinery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of machinery

: machines of a particular kind or machines in general
: the working parts of a machine
: an organization or system by which something is done

machinery

noun
ma·​chin·​ery | \ mə-ˈshē-nə-rē How to pronounce machinery (audio) , -ˈshēn-rē \

Kids Definition of machinery

1 : a group of devices with moving parts that are used to perform specific jobs
2 : the working parts of a device used to perform a particular job
3 : the people and equipment by which something is done the machinery of government

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