- 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 assembly
Call your state senators, your assembly members, your mayors, and your city councils.A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control
November 23, 2014
You said, “freedom of speech is an illusion” and “freedom of assembly is an illusion.”
Democracy is an illusion, freedom of speech is an illusion, freedom of assembly is an illusion.
The Trial of Jane Fonda is at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh until August 24.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever
August 19, 2014
The bill passed the Assembly at the end of May on a 62-4 vote and headed to the state Senate.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
I shall deal with each of them upon the assembly of the Congress.
But the general voice of the assembly was strongly against him.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
They sat down and in their assembly they proclaimed his rank.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
The cards were from people who were to be at her assembly that night.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
It was done, and with a general shaking of hands the assembly broke up for ever.Little Dorrit
- 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 assembly
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.