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[muh-shee-nuh-ree] /məˈʃi nə ri/
noun, plural machineries.
an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses:
the machinery of a factory.
the parts of a machine, collectively:
the machinery of a watch.
a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained:
the machinery of government.
a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.
the group or aggregate of literary machines, especially those of supernatural agency (epic machinery) in an epic poem.
Origin of machinery
First recorded in 1680-90; machine + -ery
Related forms
antimachinery, adjective
3. organization, structure, setup. Unabridged
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  • This machinery was quickened and rendered effective by the new motor.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • All this is done by machinery, and some machines make six bricks at a time.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • And Camons, as observed in the preface, has twice asserted that his machinery is allegorical.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • It is threshed out by hand or machinery after it is dried, and then it is ready for market.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Go ahead, Bob, and get something ready while Ned and I take a look around the machinery and see if its working all right.

British Dictionary definitions for machinery


noun (pl) -eries
machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively
a particular machine system or set of machines
a system similar to a machine: the machinery of government
literary devices used for effect in epic poetry
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Word Origin and History for machinery

1680s; from machine (n.) + -ery. Originally theatrical, "devices for creating stage effects" (which also was a sense of Greek mekhane); meaning "machines collectively" is attested from 1731. Middle English had machinament "a contrivance" (early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for machinery



  1. A drug user's paraphernalia; artillery (1940s+ Narcotics)
  2. The male genitals: You could see the bulge of his machinery there at the crotch (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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