Factory definition

făktə-rē
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A trading settlement maintained by factors.
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A building or buildings in which things are manufactured; manufacturing plant.
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The source of prolific production.

A rock group that was a hit-tune factory; a motel that served as an illegal drug factory.

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The definition of a factory is where something is made or assembled.

An example of a factory is a place where cars are built.

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A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured; a plant.
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(now rare) The position or state of being a factor.
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A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.
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A factory is defined as something that makes things quickly and in great quantities.

An example of factory is a child's school where germs are spread quickly, a "germ factory."

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A device which produces or manufactures something.
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(programming) In a computer program or library, a function, method, etc. which creates an object.
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A business establishment for commercial agents or factors in a foreign country.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
factory
Plural:
factories

Origin of factory

  • Late Latin factōria oil press, mill and Medieval Latin factōria establishment for factors both from Latin factor factor factor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French factorie, from Medieval Latin factoria, from Latin factor. Compare Italian fattoria, Spanish factoría, Portuguese feitoria.

    From Wiktionary