ma·chin·ery | \mə-ˈshē-nə-rē, -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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That should reduce consumer reaction, Trump officials figure, although tariffs on machinery, motors and other components will drive up costs for businesses, which will likely be passed on to consumers. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "U.S., China Dig In for Long Trade Fight as Tariffs Take Effect," 6 July 2018 Creator’s burger-making robot is a long stretch of sleek machinery, with 350 sensors, 50 actuators, and 20 computers to ensure every sauce is dispensed down to the milliliter and every spice down to the gram. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The World’s First Entirely Robot-Crafted Burger Is Here. This Is Exactly How It’s Made," 22 June 2018 Four people unhinged barbed wire on a fence and climbed over it, then climbed on machinery inside. Libby Solomon,, "Towson crime logs," 9 Apr. 2018 Though the new rules permit ponytails, there will be some exceptions when working around heavy machinery. Washington Post, "US Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles," 11 July 2018 Nothing to explain why the heavy machinery stopped paving through the farms, and the traffic gets diverted to surface streets. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Many fans regard Issues 31, 32 and 33 — which climax with the superhero, after reviewing his life, triumphantly upending heavy machinery that has pinned him — as a Ditko peak. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90," 7 July 2018 Yet he is alarmed by Mr Trump’s imposition of tariffs that are hurting Illinois farmers and manufacturers such as Caterpillar, a maker of heavy machinery, and John Deere, a maker of agricultural equipment. The Economist, "Bruce Rauner discovers bipartisanship," 5 July 2018 After all, towering piles of sharp, twisted, and crushed scrap metal, surrounded by heavy machinery and huge trucks, isn’t an atmosphere that most members of the public are used to. Stacey Mckenna,, "Recycling is easier — and better for the environment — than you think," 5 July 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, -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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