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[en-juh n-ree] /ˈɛn dʒən ri/
noun, plural engineries.
engines collectively; machinery.
engines of war collectively.
skillful or artful contrivance.
Origin of enginery
First recorded in 1595-1605; engine + -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One of the most important things in enginery is the capacity to determine the power developed.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • The intention of the Commissioners being solely to try her enginery, no use was made of her sails.

  • Here was seen the castle of the noble with all its imposing architecture, and its enginery of offense and defense.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • He speaks as if he were at the head of irresistible legions and equipped with all the enginery of war.

  • Meantime his agents dispersed themselves through the Aegean, buying provisions and arms, enginery, and war material of all kinds.

  • The three pirate vessels, two large triremes and the yacht, discharged all their enginery.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • He then accepted in toto the Marxian theory that capitalistic society bears within itself the enginery of its own doom.

  • The tower was swayed each instant by the shock of the Moslem enginery—darts, stones, fire; it withstood them all.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • We were still far enough from the front to see this enginery of war as a spectacle.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • As the tumult grew, the War God, who always walks before Chaos, tossed his plumed helmet and marshalled all his enginery.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for enginery


noun (pl) -ries
a collection or assembly of engines; machinery
engines employed in warfare
(rare) skilful manoeuvring or contrivance
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