machinery

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noun ma·chin·ery \mə-ˈshē-nə-rē, -ˈshēn-rē\

Definition of machinery

plural

machineries

  1. 1a :  machines in general or as a functioning unitb :  the working parts of a machine

  2. 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

  1. Some of the mill's machinery was damaged in the fire.

  2. a piece of farm machinery

  3. Something was clogging the machinery.

  4. The United Nations has set up machinery for mediation.

Recent Examples of machinery from the Web

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First Known Use of machinery

1687


MACHINERY Defined for English Language Learners

machinery

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Definition of machinery for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

machinery

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noun ma·chin·ery \mə-ˈshē-nə-rē, -ˈshēn-rē\

Definition of machinery for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of devices with moving parts that are used to perform specific jobs

  2. 2 :  the working parts of a device used to perform a particular job

  3. 3 :  the people and equipment by which something is done the machinery of government



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