machinist

noun
ma·​chin·​ist | \ mə-ˈshē-nist How to pronounce machinist (audio) \

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 His father, Charles, was a machinist who worked for the city’s Housing Authority. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Charles Hobson, Who Helped Break a TV Color Line, Dies at 83," 21 Feb. 2020 Mark qualified for a pension of about $1,100 a month from the machinists union. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "A paperwork glitch cuts a widow’s pension payment nearly in half," 12 Jan. 2020 In her early 20s, the child of a machinist and a waitress moved to New York to box with giants, living at the Chelsea Hotel, hanging out with Allen Ginsberg, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan — basically, everyone. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "Patti Smith has finally become the artist she always wanted to be," 23 Sep. 2019 Folders are the true test of a smith’s skill as a machinist and designer. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Best 25 Knives Ever Made," 16 Feb. 2019 After his honorable discharge, Otis moved to Hartford and worked as a tool and dye/machinist at Pratt & Whitney. courant.com, "Otis Bernard Oden," 6 Dec. 2019 Automobile technicians, electricians, welders, machinists, tool makers are in demand and can be great career paths for students. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five candidates are running for two spots on the Menomonee Falls School Board," 28 Jan. 2020 Trades workers such as machinists and electricians likely will enter the plants quickly, restarting boilers and preparing paint shops, robots and other equipment to restart production. BostonGlobe.com, "— UAW (@UAW)," 25 Oct. 2019 Trades workers such as machinists and electricians likely will enter the plants quickly, restarting boilers and preparing paint shops, robots and other equipment to restart production. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "GM strike likely to end today, based on UAW voting data," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of machinist

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Machinist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machinist. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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machinist

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How to pronounce machinist (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of machinist

: a person who makes, repairs, or operates machines

machinist

noun
ma·​chin·​ist | \ mə-ˈshē-nist How to pronounce machinist (audio) \

Kids Definition of machinist

: a person who makes or works on machines

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