- 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.
Origin of assembly line
Examples from the Web for assembly line
These two women are assembly-line workers in the ultimate factory of patriarchy.
Amid this, however, New York occupied a central place in the assembly-line production of hits and musical acts.‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Review: A Few Discordant Notes, But Damn Great Songs
January 13, 2014
They follow a cousin to Detroit, where Lefty takes an assembly-line job at Ford Motor Company.American Dreams: “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
November 29, 2012
That feels inherently manufactured, creating a setting wherein episodes are churned out, assembly-line style.Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ & Louis C.K.’s ‘Louie’: Comedy Clash
June 27, 2012
Once upon a time, colleges served boiled veggies and mystery meat, assembly-line style.The Best College Food
October 7, 2009
This fellow Umholtz was practically turning them out on an assembly-line, for a while.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
- a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc, in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out
A line of factory workers and equipment along which a product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed.