- an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
- a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
- (often initial capital letter) Government. a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the New York State Assembly.
- a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
- the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
- the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
- Machinery. a group of machine parts, especially one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.Compare subassembly.
Origin of assembly
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Examples from the Web for assemblies
A further 274 teams currently are working on plans to launch their own assemblies.
As the assemblies multiply and spread, the disparity between communities has thrown up a series of issues.
All routs, all assemblies, all circles, and all balls were at a stop.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
Dinners, receptions, and assemblies were not complete without him.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
My evenings were always given to M. de Malipiero's assemblies.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She presided over the assemblies of the people and the laws of hospitality.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
The music at the assemblies was of all kinds, both instrumental and vocal.The Witch-cult in Western Europe
Margaret Alice Murray
- a number of people gathered together, esp for a formal meeting held at regular intervals
- the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
- the process of putting together a number of parts to make a machine or other product
- machinery a group of mating components before or after fitting together
- a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
- (as modifier)an assembly area
Word Origin and History for assemblies
c.1300, "a gathering of persons, a group gathered for some purpose," from Old French as(s)emblee "assembly, gathering; union, marriage," noun use of fem. past participle of assembler "to assemble" (see assemble). Meaning "gathering together" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "act of assembling parts or objects" is from 1914, as is assembly line. School sense is recorded from 1932.