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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While the January drop was largely tied to tumbling auto production, February’s decline appeared more broad-based, spread across sectors including machinery, electronics and apparel. ... Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Manufacturing Pullback Flashes Signs of Economic Slowdown," 15 Mar. 2019 Smartphone, furniture, machinery, and even cake companies won support, official documents show. Li Yuan,, "Why the Made in China 2025 modernization drive is on track to succeed, despite Trump," 4 July 2018 Despite the loss, the election showed how effective the BJP’s machinery has been. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "Here's What a Recent State-Level Vote Reveals About India's 2019 General Elections," 24 May 2018 But the mesmerizing machinery, equipped with dozens of motors, sensors, and moving parts, is the real draw. Matt O'brien, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will restaurant robots change the industry or sizzle out?," 4 May 2018 Imports were down by about a third to $103 million, including almost nothing of long-term value -- no machinery, cereals, petroleum products, or vehicles. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Why Kim Jong Un came in from the cold: 3 theories," 22 Apr. 2018 Their long-somnolent town is suddenly encountering a group of international urbanites with gleamingly expensive and outlandishly new equipment: sophisticated farm machinery, spanking new mobile homes, Rolls Royces. Wendla Mcgovern, The New Republic, "Range War: The Disciples Come to Antelope," 12 Apr. 2018 Fargo officials this week reactivated Sandbag Central, converting a building that normally houses garbage trucks into a systematic operation combining machinery and manpower to fill 24 sandbags every 6 seconds. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 In recent years, Chinese investors have snapped up European assets including Greek ports, German machinery companies and a 10 percent stake in the automaker Daimler. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Europe Caught in the Middle as Trump Threatens China," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of machinery

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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