Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) machines or machine systems collectively
  2. (noun, group) a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions
    the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Machinery

Derivations: machine

Hyponyms: enginery, grinder, mill, milling machinery

Hypernyms: machine, scheme, system

Origin of the word Machinery

  1. 1680s; from machine + -ery. Originally theatrical, "devices for creating stage effects;" meaning "machines collectively" is attested from 1731. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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