assembly

[ uh-sem-blee ]
/ əˈsɛm bli /
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noun, plural as·sem·blies.

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.
Military.
  1. a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
  2. 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

1275–1325; Middle English assemblee < Middle French, literally, (that which is) assembled, feminine past participle of assembler to assemble
SYNONYMS FOR assembly
2 throng.
3 congress, representatives.
Related formspre·as·sem·bly, noun, plural pre·as·sem·blies.re·as·sem·bly, noun, plural re·as·sem·blies.self-as·sem·bly, noun, plural self·-as·sem·blies.
Can be confusedassemblage assembly

Synonym study

1, 2. See convention.
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British Dictionary definitions for preassembly (1 of 2)

assembly

/ (əˈsɛmblɪ) /

noun plural -blies

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
military
  1. a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
  2. (as modifier)an assembly area

British Dictionary definitions for preassembly (2 of 2)

Assembly

/ (əˈsɛmblɪ) /

noun plural -blies

the lower chamber in various American state legislaturesSee also House of Assembly, legislative assembly, National Assembly
NZ short for General Assembly
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