- an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory.
- the parts of a machine, collectively: the machinery of a watch.
- a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government.
- a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.
- the group or aggregate of literary machines, especially those of supernatural agency (epic machinery) in an epic poem.
Origin of machinery
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Related Wordsengine, gear, apparatus, instrument, utensil, tool, appliance, system, equipment, motor, vehicle, contraption, accouterment, materiel, medium, channel, organ, paraphernalia, gadget, means
Examples from the Web for machineries
She dwelt in a strange realm of unknown colors and machineries.We Can't Have Everything
I told them the wonderful arts, the machineries, railways and the telegraphs.The American Missionary
These machineries are all the inventions of a single age, and constitute a new era in human Society.Abolition a Sedition
Geo. W. Donohue
But the Greek machineries of social life were absolutely and essentially limited by nature to a Grecian latitude.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)
Thomas De Quincey
- machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively
- a particular machine system or set of machines
- a system similar to a machinethe machinery of government
- literary devices used for effect in epic poetry
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Word Origin and History for machineries
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