ma·​chin·​ist | \mə-ˈshē-nist \

Definition of machinist 

1a : a worker who fabricates, assembles, or repairs machinery

b : a craftsman skilled in the use of machine tools

c : one who operates a machine

2 archaic : a person in charge of the mechanical aspects of a theatrical production

3 : a warrant officer who supervises machinery and engine operation

Examples of machinist in a Sentence

He is a machinist at the factory.

Recent Examples on the Web

The machinists have been attempting to organize automotive dealership service technicians, including some of ours, for many years. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "AutoNation shareholders to vote on proposal to split chair and CEO roles," 12 Apr. 2018 He was employed as a machinist at Stanley Tools for many years. Hartford Courant,, "Glen E. Perkins," 21 June 2018 Petty Officer 3rd Class Stevie Decloux is a machinist's mate. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls native supports nuclear subs," 22 May 2018 Richard Pence, a machinist at the Kansas City plant, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May while in Washington for a meeting between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s Harley-Davidson problem, explained.," 26 June 2018 On a spring morning nearly 80 years ago, Ralston Thayer, an unemployed machinist, queued up inside the old post office building in Rochester, New York, for the nation’s inaugural batch of food stamps. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Food stamps may become like Blue Apron. In the Great Depression, they started with blue coupons.," 13 Feb. 2018 Beginning with vinyl Peter Pan collars, oversized men's cardigans designed to be worn as dresses, and brightly hued knitwear, the one-woman show soon grew into a team of machinists as Quant opened more branches across the city., "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 June 2018 Office workers, machinists, packers, and the vice president of sales play volleyball on an artificial turf court. Katie Johnston,, "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 6 June 2018 More than 13,600 manufacturing workers — machinists, welders, tool and die makers and others — are needed in the state, according to a survey by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. Stephen Singer,, "In Search Of Workers, Connecticut Manufacturers Reach Into High Schools," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of machinist

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of machinist

: a person who makes, repairs, or operates machines


ma·​chin·​ist | \mə-ˈshē-nist \

Kids Definition of machinist

: a person who makes or works on machines

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