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From French machinerie (machinery), from machine (machine); see machine.


  • enPR: mə-shē'nə-rē, IPA(key): /məˈʃiːnəɹi/
  • Rhymes: -iːnəɹi


machinery (countable and uncountable, plural machineries)

  1. The machines constituting a production apparatus, in a plant etc., collectively.
  2. The working parts of a machine as a group.
  3. The collective parts of something which allow it to function.
  4. (figurative) The literary devices used in a work, notably for dramatic effect

Derived terms

  • heavy machinery
  • political machinery

Related terms

  • machinist


Further reading

  • “machinery”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “machinery”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.


  • hemicrany

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