machinery

noun
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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The commission, which negotiates trade deals on behalf of the 28-nation EU, said the agreement is particularly important for industrial sectors like cars and car parts, machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals as well as clothing and footwear. Washington Post, "EU, South American bloc strike long-sought free trade deal," 28 June 2019 That would let People’s take steps to protect its collateral on WMG’s multimillion-dollar debt, in the form of machinery, equipment and inventory at the company’s Suffield headquarters, along with business records and accounts receivable. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: State-subsidized firm bounces 97 checks — as it’s supposed to be recovering from bankruptcy," 27 June 2019 Companies that do resume making goods in American factories are likely to buy robots and other machinery, rather than hiring large numbers of Americans. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order," 19 June 2019 Farm machinery, autos, air travel, pharmaceuticals, grain marketing, electrical equipment, petroleum, chemicals and many other sectors are dominated by a few large firms, particularly in any single geographic area. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 The first two rounds of tariffs—initially on $50 billion in Chinese goods, followed by $200 billion—fell heavily on electronics, advanced machinery, and industrial parts. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The trade war is already pushing businesses out of China—and it could be permanent," 14 June 2019 But engineering work requires heavy machinery, including cement mixers, construction materials, and construction personnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Plans to 'Grow' Runways with Bacteria," 10 June 2019 Top imports are vehicles, machinery, TVs, furniture, appliances and agricultural products such as avocados and other vegetables, and beer and wine. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 Do not drive, operate machinery, or consume alcohol while taking them. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Do SugarBearHair Vitamins Really Work? Here's What Our Nutritionist Says," 22 May 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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machinery

noun

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

machinery

noun
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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