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.
Recent Examples on the Web The protesters parked trucks and other heavy machinery on roads leading to two border crossings. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 The autonomous robots help with moving around heavy machinery in factories, warehouses, and have piqued the interest of many foreign investors such as Harvest Capital, Tiktok and Bytedance. Gene Marks, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Outside, dozens of municipal workers swept the streets clean of glass as heavy machinery removed broken concrete thrown dozens of feet by the blasts., 15 July 2022 Two days earlier, Mobley used heavy machinery, cutting a hole in a metal building, to steal the vessel from a business, officials said. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 11 July 2022 Mobley is accused of using heavy machinery to cut a hole in a metal building to steal the boat from a business in Baker, Fla., on Jan. 1. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 11 July 2022 Infrastructure, which includes specialty trades such as welding and heavy machinery operation, has an extra set of challenges. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 20 June 2022 The heavy machinery for blood processing, plasma freezers and centrifuges are transferred to a basement bomb shelter, a cumbersome operation that takes 10 to 12 hours. New York Times, 1 June 2022 His convoy still faces a series of roadblocks ahead that would require heavy machinery to remove. Time, 26 May 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Machinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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