- the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale: the manufacture of television sets.
- the making or producing of anything; generation: the manufacture of body cells.
- the thing or material manufactured; product: Plastic is an important manufacture.
- to make or produce by hand or machinery, especially on a large scale.
- to work up (material) into form for use: to manufacture cotton.
- to invent fictitiously; fabricate; concoct: to manufacture an account of the incident.
- to produce in a mechanical way without inspiration or originality: to manufacture a daily quota of poetry.
Origin of manufacture
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Examples from the Web for manufacture
He finally realized that if he ever wanted to see his game in production, he would have to manufacture it himself.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Why would a system, on so many levels, manufacture hopes and ambitions designed for disappointment?How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
Red Band Society is content to just manufacture those emotions from the start.‘Red Band Society’ Is Really Freaking Sad (And May Be TV’s Best New Drama)
September 17, 2014
The concept is that the use of human embryonic cells in the manufacture of vaccines is the smoking gun—a major cause of autism.No, Stem Cells Don't Cause Autism
September 11, 2014
The only way to manufacture ice cream in this shop is daily, by hand, in small batches.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
The quarrel was none of my manufacture, and it was not my business to explain it to him.In the Valley
I was impressed not so much with the speed of the manufacture as the character of the factory.American Notes
In 1840, was commenced the manufacture of stationary and land steam engines.
In 1863, he commenced the manufacture of white lead, on a limited scale.
Water-power was used, and the work of manufacture began at once.Freeland
- to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
- (tr) to invent or concoctto manufacture an excuse
- the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
- a manufactured product
- the creation or production of anything
Word Origin and History for manufacture
1560s, "something made by hand," from Middle French manufacture, from Medieval Latin *manufactura (source of Italian manifattura, Spanish manufactura), from Latin manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + factura "a working," from past participle stem of facere "to perform" (see factitious). Sense of "process of manufacturing" first recorded c.1600. Related: Manufactures.
1680s, from manufacture (n.). Related: Manufactured; manufacturing; manufacturable.