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

Examples of mass production in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The funding will support mass production of the Tianlong-3 rocket, which has nine engines and a payload capacity to low-Earth orbit of 17 metric tons. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 June 2024 Gaddy said any banjo depicted from the Civil War era is 90% likely to be from Boucher, who tweaked the design of homemade instruments for commercial mass production, according to the National Museum of American History. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2024 This innovation broadened mass production and, with it, the growth of consumer society. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2020 The American business model of planned mass production would prove its value most dramatically with the advent of World War II. Paul Kennedy, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2014 By 1941, testing had proved the design and the system were ready for mass production. Frank A. Blazich Jr., The Conversation, 20 May 2024 Both were held back for decades by dictatorships that quashed distinctive local styles in favor of mass production. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Viticulture has thrived on Crete for thousands of years, but for most of the 20th century, mass production dominated the wine industry on Greece’s largest island. Shana Clarke, Saveur, 15 May 2024 New technological breakthroughs led to an increase in consumer demand and mass production. Jacob Swartz, Orange County Register, 14 May 2024

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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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“Mass production.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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