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.

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Prior to his retirement he was employed as a machinist by New Departure in Meriden and Bristol for 40 years. Hartford Courant,, "Richard J. Stocking," 9 Feb. 2018 His father, after bringing the family over from Pakistan, worked as a machinist, so Farid understands. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018 Some of that’s at the skills level; so machinists, diesel mechanics, electricians, et cetera. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Philadelphia Fed’s Patrick Harker," 16 Nov. 2018 After weeks in a trauma center and rehabilitation, Maddox was diminished physically and intellectually, said his son, a fisherman who is also a machinist at The Washington Post. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "The life sentence he got as a teen came with a chance at parole. But is it a real chance?," 5 Feb. 2018 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

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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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