ma·​chin·​ery mə-ˈshē-nə-rē How to pronounce machinery (audio)
plural machineries
: machines in general or as a functioning unit
: the working parts of a machine
: the means or system by which something is kept in action or a desired result is obtained
the machinery of government

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Machinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


ma·​chin·​ery mə-ˈshēn-(ə-)rē How to pronounce machinery (audio)
plural machineries
: machines in general
: the working parts of a machine or instrument
: the organization or system by which something is done or carried on
machinery of government

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