assembly line


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

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
Also called production line. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • This fellow Umholtz was practically turning them out on an assembly-line, for a while.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for assembly line

assembly line


a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc, in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out
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assembly line in Culture

assembly line

A line of factory workers and equipment along which a product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed.


Assembly lines are found in many industries but are particularly associated with automobile manufacturing.
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