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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Cells in brown fat have an abundance of mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cellular machinery. Deborah Netburn,, "Can you skip your regular workout and just shiver instead?," 1 May 2018 Hundreds of billions of dollars are expected to be spent on equipment to enable connections between smartphones and eventually also cars, factory parts and other machinery in the years to come. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Runs Aground in an Exploding Tech Market," 21 Feb. 2019 The third mural centers on science, with a man and woman — both blond — hovering over desks with a microscope and other machinery. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "University head recommends covering controversial murals," 9 Oct. 2018 All three ideas are much more dramatic in appearance than current F1 machinery, showing how the Halo cockpit protection can be cohesively integrated with the styling. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Here’s what Formula 1 cars may look like in 2021 if the sport gets its way," 14 Sep. 2018 Yet one of the most powerful weapons being deployed against poachers today is one based not in sophisticated machinery or computationally complex software, but on trust. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "It’s Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglers," 22 June 2018 Media: Fox10Phoenix The report also stated that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2014 there were about 335,540 wholesale and manufacturing representatives working with technical products such as commercial machinery. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Equipment sales can bring top salaries," 17 June 2018 The cause of the explosion was never established but was thought to a spark from machinery or static electricity igniting a buildup of grain dust. Drew Broach,, "Continental Grain elevator explosion film to screen May 24 in Metairie," 1 May 2018 Making authentic fried food at home is virtually impossible without a deep-fryer, a piece of machinery that's hard to set up, harder to clean, and a massive space hog. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's What Food Bloggers and a Registered Dietitian Say," 31 Jan. 2019

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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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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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