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[muh-shee-nist] /məˈʃi nɪst/
a person who operates machinery, especially a skilled operator of machine tools.
a person who makes or repairs machines.
U.S. Navy. a warrant officer whose duty is to assist the engineering officer in the engine room.
Origin of machinist
First recorded in 1700-10; machine + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They want us to take back the machinist that was dismissed the other day for drunkenness.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • "There will be my machinist in the rumble-seat," replied Morton, blushing furiously.

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • "The machinist Scholer and his assistant Bracher," was the reply.

  • "I thought you were a machinist and came from Pittsburg," interrupted Chester, in surprise.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • He has only  ordinary ability in other directions, but as a machinist he is a marvel.

    How to Become Rich

    William Windsor
  • My machinist type-copied a book for me in '74, so I concluded it was that one.

  • To his delight, the machinist said he could easily repair the chain, and he set about it.

  • Suppose he could take his turn at the wheel, could do any carpenter or machinist work.

  • He is very determined, and has resolved that you shall be a machinist, and you must be.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for machinist


a person who operates machines to cut or process materials
a maker or repairer of machines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for machinist

1706, "engineer, mechanical inventor," a hybrid from machine (n.) + -ist. Meaning "machine operator" is attested from 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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