machinery

[ muh-shee-nuh-ree ]
/ məˈʃi nə ri /

noun, plural ma·chin·er·ies.

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.

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Origin of machinery

First recorded in 1680–90; machine + -ery

OTHER WORDS FROM machinery

an·ti·ma·chin·er·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for machinery

machinery
/ (məˈʃiːnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

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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