mass production


: production of goods in considerable quantities usually by machinery
Beginning with the mass production of cotton clothing, the Industrial Revolution produced a parade of synthetic fabrics, including nylon and rayon.Joseph A. Amato
Despite the larger commercial space, Sans Souci maintains their artisanal philosophy: no machines, no preservatives, and no mass production. Everything is hand-dipped and cut.Amy Johansson
We learned about the railroad … and the way the mass production of nails revolutionized the building of balloon-frame houses …David Updike

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luminar is working with Mercedes on integrating the Iris Plus lidar into its vehicles, with mass production expected to launch in 2025. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 28 Feb. 2023 Two months into the year, that still appears to be the case, though the executive has said mass production won’t start in earnest until 2024. Louisa Ballhaus, Robb Report, 24 Feb. 2023 That step is crucial in the mass production of microchips. Michelle Toh, CNN, 15 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mass production was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Mass production.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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