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 The original owner, a machinist and his wife, had shared their home with his brother, a photographer who documented the house in lavish detail. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "$2M Victorian home near Lake of the Isles is renovated jewel," 25 Mar. 2021 The 63-year-old machinist from Annandale has diabetes and stage four lung cancer — two conditions that were not included in the initial phase of the state's vaccine rollout plan. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Thousands of Minnesotans cross state lines for COVID-19 vaccine," 5 Mar. 2021 Wagoner is a machinist who does repair work on power plants. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "'It's just a free-for-all': As water declines in rural Arizona, oversight faces resistance," 9 May 2019 Krans’s interest in aviation goes back to the 1980s, when his dad, a machinist fascinated by engineering and innovative planes, would sometimes bring home jet models. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.," 5 Jan. 2021 After Kate looked up the zoning laws in Pasadena, the two jumped at the chance to take over a former machinist shop and trophy store on East Foothill Boulevard. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Two new places to buy natural wine, plus a new winery in Pasadena," 30 Dec. 2020 The former Charlotte Russ, daughter of Carl Russ, a machinist, and his wife, Helen Groethus Russ, was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois, the third of four children. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Charlotte R. Benton, pioneering meteorologist who trained forecasters during World War II, dies," 7 Dec. 2020 In March, Jennings remembered sitting after work one day with her husband, Dennis Davis, a machinist and former bodybuilder. Campbell Robertson, Star Tribune, "Virus deaths approach April 15 record amid changing U.S. crisis," 28 Nov. 2020 On Batam, an island near Singapore, Djafri Rajab, a machinist, helped lead a three-day walkout of 60 workers, nearly a third of the employees at PT Djitoe Mesindo, which makes machines for manufacturing cigarettes. New York Times, "Protests Spread Across Indonesia Over Jobs Law," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of machinist

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Apr 2021

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“Machinist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of machinist

: a person who makes, repairs, or operates machines


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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