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[en-juh n-ree]
noun, plural en·gine·ries.
  1. engines collectively; machinery.
  2. engines of war collectively.
  3. skillful or artful contrivance.
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Origin of enginery

First recorded in 1595–1605; engine + -ry
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Examples from the Web for enginery

Historical Examples

  • One of the most important things in enginery is the capacity to determine the power developed.


    James Slough Zerbe

  • The intention of the Commissioners being solely to try her enginery, no use was made of her sails.

  • Here was seen the castle of the noble with all its imposing architecture, and its enginery of offense and defense.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott

  • He speaks as if he were at the head of irresistible legions and equipped with all the enginery of war.

  • Meantime his agents dispersed themselves through the Aegean, buying provisions and arms, enginery, and war material of all kinds.

British Dictionary definitions for enginery


noun plural -ries
  1. a collection or assembly of engines; machinery
  2. engines employed in warfare
  3. rare skilful manoeuvring or contrivance
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