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or ma·chine·a·ble

[muh-shee-nuh-buh l]
  1. (of a material) capable of being cut or shaped with machine tools.Compare free-machining.
  2. (of a letter or package) capable of being safely sorted by mail machinery, as a parcel sorter.
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Origin of machinable

First recorded in 1915–20; machine + -able
Related formsma·chin·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·ma·chin·a·ble, adjectiveun·ma·chine·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for machinable

Historical Examples of machinable

  • The casting, though intricate and not machinable in their own shop, could be easily handled in one that was well outfitted.

    The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design

    Leonard S. Hobbs.

  • It was heat-treated to a machinable hardness before being worked on, but was not further tempered.

Word Origin and History for machinable


1896, from machine (v.) + -able. Related: Machinability.

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