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

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 The chip shortage is also hurting other manufacturing sectors, including medical devices, agricultural machinery such as farm tractors and combines, and radiation-proof chips required by the country's national defense industrial base. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2021 High-risk occupations, such as construction, operating machinery, the medical fields or working with dangerous substances, have a small margin for human error. Stephen Baer, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The drone is an example of biomimetics, in which machinery, particularly drones, are designed to resemble living creatures in order to take advantage of the animal's physical advantages. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 Besides the new space, the company plans to add more machinery, equipment, furniture, and inventory. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 Browse through 5,000 square feet of books, games, dishes, tools, artwork, curiosities, furniture, machinery, household and sports items, near-antiques, dollhouse furniture, glassware, holiday décor, and items both useful and decorative., 3 Sep. 2021 The port occasionally receives or sends out heavy machinery, things like windmill components or mining equipment., 2 Sep. 2021 Workers tore through rubble of collapsed buildings with heavy machinery, shovels and picks., 16 Aug. 2021 Not to mention often overlooked disruptors to the supply chain such as forecasting wear and tear of machinery and improving the overall equipment effectiveness index and predicting fuel usage for fleet optimization. Mark Minevich, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021

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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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21 Nov 2021

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“Machinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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


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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