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 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 His father was a machinist, and his mother a homemaker. New York Times, "John Pawasarat Dies at 70; Used Data to Address Social Ills," 13 Jan. 2020 The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights for cars. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "113 tons of dead fish: Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later," 19 Dec. 2019 Willard Diefenthaler, who attended vocational school in Sheboygan after the war and became a machinist, died in 2008 at the age of 85. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They expected to be home for the holidays. Instead, these Wisconsin men died in the Battle of the Bulge.," 24 Dec. 2019 By the 1960s, Atlantic Machine, as it was commonly known, employed 2600 skilled engineers, machinists, tool makers, and inspectors. courant.com, "Michael P. Budney," 6 Dec. 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 17 Feb. 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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