[ muh-shee-nuh-ree ]
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noun,plural ma·chin·er·ies.
  1. an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory.

  2. the parts of a machine, collectively: the machinery of a watch.

  1. a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government.

  2. a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.

  3. the group or aggregate of literary machines, especially those of supernatural agency (epic machinery ) in an epic poem.

Origin of machinery

First recorded in 1680–90; machine + -ery

Other words for machinery

Other words from machinery

  • an·ti·ma·chin·er·y, adjective

Words Nearby machinery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use machinery in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for machinery


/ (məˈʃiːnərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
  1. machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively

  2. a particular machine system or set of machines

  1. a system similar to a machine: the machinery of government

  2. literary devices used for effect in epic poetry

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