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assembly line

an arrangement of machines, tools, and workers in which a product is assembled by having each perform a specific, successive operation on an incomplete unit as it passes by in a series of stages organized in a direct line.
Also called production line.
Origin of assembly line
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was, purely and simply, an assembly line; and fully automated in operation.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • "The first car has just been turned off the assembly line," Leibowitz said.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Took her over in Los Angeles this afternoon straight from the assembly line.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • This was at a blockhouse just outside the New Zealand assembly line.

  • Mechanization—the horror of losing one's identity and becoming part of an assembly line.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
British Dictionary definitions for assembly line

assembly line

a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc, in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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assembly line in Culture

assembly line definition

A line of factory workers and equipment along which a product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed.

Note: Assembly lines are found in many industries but are particularly associated with automobile manufacturing.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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