Machinery meaning

mə-shēnə-rē, -shēnrē
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A system of related elements that operate in a definable manner.

Diplomatic and political machinery.

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Machinery is defined as a mechanical device or the parts that keep something working.

An example of machinery is a car's engine.

An example of machinery are the people who work for a political party; the machinery of the Republican Party.

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The working parts of a machine.
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Machines collectively.
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Any combination of things or persons by which something is kept in action or a desired result is obtained.

The machinery of government.

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The working parts of a machine as a group.
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Machines or machine parts considered as a group.
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The working parts of a particular machine.
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Apparatus used to produce stage effects.
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(archaic) Literary devices involving the introduction of supernatural beings or forces, as in epic poetry.
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The machines constituting a production apparatus, in a plant etc., collectively.
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The collective parts of something which allow it to function.
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(figuratively) The literary devices used in a work, notably for dramatic effect.
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Origin of machinery

  • From French machinerie (“machinery"), from machine (“machine"); see machine.

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