a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it's just a degree factory.
(formerly) an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in a foreign country.
- fac·to·ry·like, adjective
- sub·fac·to·ry, noun, plural sub·fac·to·ries.
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How to use factory in a sentence
Elon Musk called an attempted cyberattack against Tesla “serious,” a comment that confirms the company was the target of a foiled ransomware attempt at its massive factory near Reno, Nevada.Elon Musk confirms Tesla was target of foiled ransomware attack | Kirsten Korosec | August 28, 2020 | TechCrunch
Not only replaceable, but guaranteed replaceable—and for reasonably technical end users, user-replaceable—with easily purchased parts from the factory.Fairphone users can buy new camera without replacing the phone itself | Jim Salter | August 27, 2020 | Ars Technica
The lion’s share of the US’s imported exercise equipment comes from China—some 65% in 2019, according to the International Trade Centre—where factories were shutting down at the beginning of 2020 due to Covid-19.
Anything could be built in industrial areas – standalone homes, apartments, businesses or factories.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego | Andrew Keatts | August 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The IT sector offers an alternate way forward in an economy still dominated by Soviet-style collective farms and state-run factories.Belarus’s crackdown could squash Minsk’s budding tech sector | Nicolás Rivero | August 20, 2020 | Quartz
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.
A plastic factory, a hardware supplier, and shipping–and-receiving giants like Fed-Ex and DHL are neighboring businesses.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not just a candy factory but a candy store, and everything in it free.
By day, she cares for her children in a bombed-out milk factory that hosts her orphanage, Okutiuka.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa | Nina Strochlic | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Have we become a nation of Veruca Salts from “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate factory,” who are unbearably demanding?
It was afterwards used as a schoolroom in connection with Winfield's factory.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
A Lowell factory-girl would consider this entirely out of character, and a New-York milliner would be shocked at the idea of it.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Think of this, ye who talk, not always without reason, of "factory slaves" and the meagre rewards of labor in America.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Gallinas, the noted slave factory on the west of Africa, purchased by the Liberian republic.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Seven o'clock in the morning is too early for any rational human being to be herded into a factory at the call of a steam whistle.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for factory
a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
(as modifier): a factory worker
rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
Canadian (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs
- factory-like, adjective
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