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ma·chin·er·y

 (mə-shē′nə-rē, -shēn′rē)
n. pl. ma·chin·er·ies
1. Machines or machine parts considered as a group.
2. The working parts of a particular machine.
3. A system of related elements that operate in a definable manner: diplomatic and political machinery.
4.
a. A device or means of achieving or effecting a result.
b. A literary device for bringing about an effect, such as a happy ending.

machinery

(məˈʃiːnərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. (Mechanical Engineering) machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a particular machine system or set of machines
3. a system similar to a machine: the machinery of government.
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary devices used for effect in epic poetry

ma•chin•er•y

(məˈʃi nə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. an assemblage of machines.
2. the parts of a machine collectively.
3. a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained.
[1680–90]

machinery

You can refer to machines in general as machinery.

The company makes tractors and other farm machinery.
If you are taking this medication, you should not drive a car or operate machinery.

Machinery is an uncountable noun. Don't say 'machineries' or 'a machinery'. You can talk about a piece of machinery.

He was called out to fix a piece of machinery that had broken down.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.machinery - machines or machine systems collectivelymachinery - machines or machine systems collectively
enginery - machinery consisting of engines collectively
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
milling machinery, grinder, mill - machinery that processes materials by grinding or crushing
2.machinery - a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions; "the complex machinery of negotiation"; "the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order"
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

machinery

noun
1. equipment, gear, instruments, apparatus, works, technology, tackle, tools, mechanism(s), gadgetry Farmers import most of their machinery and materials.
2. administration, system, organization, agency, machine, structure, channels, procedure the government machinery and administrative procedures
Related words
fear mechanophobia
Quotations
"The world is dying of machinery" [George Moore Confessions of a Young Man]
Translations
آليَّه، تَنْظيمالاتٌمُعَدّات آليَّه
mašinériestrojestrojní zařízení
maskinerisystem
koneetkoneisto
mašinerija
gépezetszerkezetgép
kerfi, gangverkvélbúnaîur
機械類
기계류
mašinériastroje
mehanizemstroji
maskiner
เครื่องจักร
mekanizmamakineler
máy móc

machinery

[məˈʃiːnərɪ] N
1. (= machines) → maquinaria f; (= mechanism) → mecanismo m
2. (fig) → maquinaria f, aparato m

machinery

[məˈʃiːnəri] n
(= machines) → machinerie f, machines fpl
(fig) [government, organization] → rouages mplmachine shop natelier m d'usinagemachine-stitch [məˌʃiːnˈstɪtʃ] vtpiquer à la machinemachine tool nmachine-outil fmachine translation ntraduction f automatiquemachine washable machine-washable [məˌʃiːnˈwɒʃəbəl] adj [garment] → lavable en machine

machinery

n (= machines)Maschinen pl, → Maschinerie f; (= mechanism)Mechanismus m; (fig)Maschinerie f; the machinery of governmentder Regierungsapparat

machinery

[məˈʃiːnərɪ] n (machines) → macchine fpl, macchinari mpl; (mechanism) → meccanismo (fig) → macchina, apparato
a piece of machinery → un macchinario

machine

(məˈʃiːn) noun
1. a working arrangement of wheels, levers or other parts, driven eg by human power, electricity etc, or operating electronically, producing power and/or motion for a particular purpose. a sewing-machine.
2. a vehicle, especially a motorbike. That's a fine machine you have!
verb
1. to shape, make or finish with a power-driven tool. The articles are machined to a smooth finish.
2. to sew with a sewing-machine. You should machine the seams.
maˈchinery noun
1. machines in general. Many products are made by machinery rather than by hand.
2. the workings or processes. the machinery of government.
maˈchinist noun
a person skilled in the use of machines, eg a sewing-machine, or electrical tools. She's a machinist in a clothes factory.
maˈchine-gun noun
an automatic gun that fires very rapidly.
verb
He machine-gunned a crowd of defenceless villagers.
machine tool
a power-driven machine that shapes metal, wood, or plastics by cutting, pressing, or drilling.

machinery does not have a plural.

machinery

الاتٌ strojní zařízení maskineri Maschinen μηχανήματα maquinaria koneet machinerie mašinerija macchinario 機械類 기계류 machinerie maskineri maszyneria maquinaria, maquinário оборудование maskiner เครื่องจักร mekanizma máy móc 机械
References in classic literature ?
The tall masts holding aloft the white canvas, spread out like a snare for catching the invisible power of the air, emerge gradually from the water, sail after sail, yard after yard, growing big, till, under the towering structure of her machinery, you perceive the insignificant, tiny speck of her hull.
Thereupon, steam and machinery revolutionised industrial production.
The spot where the projectile sank under the waves was exactly known; but the machinery to grasp it and bring it to the surface of the ocean was still wanting.
It was divided into two parts; the first contained the materials for producing electricity, and the second the machinery that connected it with the screw.
There was no proper labour, not half enough machinery, and none of the right sort - and the gradients and country between Bekwando and the sea were awful.
I did not apprise him of my ability to sense his mental operations, and thus I learned a great deal which proved of immense value to me later and which I would never have known had he suspected my strange power, for the Martians have such perfect control of their mental machinery that they are able to direct their thoughts with absolute precision.
The air was full of the throb and hum of machinery pumping air down the shaft.
Coulson, travelling in patents for woollen machinery.
Oh, no, but his machinery makes him just as good as alive.
If the machinery of the Law could be depended on to fathom every case of suspicion, and to conduct every process of inquiry, with moderate assistance only from the lubricating influences of oil of gold, the events which fill these pages might have claimed their share of the public attention in a Court of Justice.
You see, they was mending her machinery, but I didn't know anything about it, not being very much used to steamboats.
She was gone by and by, and the day went after her, and the lights sprung up again, and the Express whirled in full sight of the Fairy Palace over the arches near: little felt amid the jarring of the machinery, and scarcely heard above its crash and rattle.