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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Ten days after the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships ended, crews drove in heavy machinery to tear apart what former University of Oregon coach Vin Lananna once described as the Fenway Park or Carnegie Hall of U.S. track & field., "When the new Hayward Field finally opens for business, will Eugene still be Track Town?," 4 June 2019 Steel plates were lined over the grounds that transformed the once-green pitches into a parking spot for heavy machinery. George Ramsay, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Japan's remarkable 2011 Women's World Cup win in the aftermath of disaster," 3 June 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Container ships move the vast majority of the world’s goods, including food, clothing, electronics and heavy machinery. Costas Paris, WSJ, "France’s CMA CGM to Buy Chinese-Made Container Ships," 25 Mar. 2019 All of this adds up to a portrait of a very wealthy man who has a track record of engaging, not especially deftly, with the machinery that drives celebrity, power, and even national politics. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Why It Makes Perfect Sense That Billionaire Ron Burkle Would Buy The Enquirer," 11 Apr. 2019 Day after day, night after night, the great swinging arms of the siege machinery outside the walls would pound the stone walls of the castle. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 An assemblage of early oil pipes, signaling the change in the country’s fortunes, looks like a contemporary art installation in a room awash with moving images of swirling gas and the whole complex machinery at work. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 While the January drop was largely tied to tumbling auto production, February’s decline appeared more broad-based, spread across sectors including machinery, electronics and apparel. ... Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Manufacturing Pullback Flashes Signs of Economic Slowdown," 15 Mar. 2019 Smartphone, furniture, machinery, and even cake companies won support, official documents show. Li Yuan,, "Why the Made in China 2025 modernization drive is on track to succeed, despite Trump," 4 July 2018

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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