noun, plural fac·to·ries.
Examples from the Web for factory
The cameraman was reporting on the factory catching fire when the inevitable happened.
Haloid spent nearly 15 years and $75 million developing prototype copiers, even building a factory in 1954 far ahead of demand.
For decades afterward, the profession remained mostly female and was considered less valuable labor than, say, factory work.
By 1980, the Glock family was living atop their factory, making curtain rods as well as weapons.
While Gaston designed firearms, the rest of the family kept the factory going.
At the factory he flung himself into the affairs of the firm with a zeal that at times bordered on officiousness.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
The group of houses is Eleusis, now an Albanian settlement, and the chimneys belong to a factory where olive-oil soap is made.The Near East|Robert Hichens
The farmer or the fisherman can digest, even thrive upon, food which would be deadly for a woman working in a factory.Euthenics, the science of controllable environment|Ellen H. Richards
Robert followed, and saw her safe out of the garden, but did not return to the factory.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
The evidence of this fact can be seen in any factory during the season of cheese-making.Hints on cheese-making|Thomas Day Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for factory
noun plural -ries
- a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
- (as modifier)a factory worker
Word Origin for factory
Word Origin and History for factory
1550s, "estate manager's office," from Middle French factorie, from Late Latin factorium "office for agents (factors)," also "oil press, mill," from Latin factor "doer, maker" (see factor (n.)). Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.