- an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
- a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
- (often initial capital letter) Government. a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the New York State Assembly.
- a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
- the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
- the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
- Machinery. a group of machine parts, especially one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.Compare subassembly.
Origin of assembly
- a number of people gathered together, esp for a formal meeting held at regular intervals
- the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
- the process of putting together a number of parts to make a machine or other product
- machinery a group of mating components before or after fitting together
- a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
- (as modifier)an assembly area
Word Origin and History for pre-assembly
c.1300, "a gathering of persons, a group gathered for some purpose," from Old French as(s)emblee "assembly, gathering; union, marriage," noun use of fem. past participle of assembler "to assemble" (see assemble). Meaning "gathering together" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "act of assembling parts or objects" is from 1914, as is assembly line. School sense is recorded from 1932.