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n. pl. man·u·fac·to·ries
A factory or manufacturing plant.

[Probably manufact(ure) + -ory.]


(ˌmænjʊˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
an obsolete word for factory
[C17: from obsolete manufact; see manufacture]


(ˈfæk tə ri, -tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
2. (formerly) an establishment in a foreign country where factors carried on their business.
[1550–60; factor, + -y3]
fac′to•ry•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.manufactory - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturingmanufactory - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
assembly plant - a factory where manufactured parts are assembled into a finished product
auto factory, automobile factory, car factory - a factory where automobiles are manufactured
cannery - a factory where food is canned
chemical plant - an industrial plant where chemicals are produced
closed-circuit television - a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
conveyer belt, conveyor belt, conveyor, conveyer, transporter - a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)
foundry, metalworks - factory where metal castings are produced
lumbermill, sawmill - a mill for dressing logs and lumber
paper mill - a mill where paper is manufactured
industrial plant, plant, works - buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
assembly line, production line, line - mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
shop floor - workplace consisting of the part of a factory housing the machines; "the productive work is done on the shop floor"
stamp mill, stamping mill - a mill in which ore is crushed with stamps
steel factory, steel mill, steel plant, steelworks - a factory where steel is made
sweatshop - factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry
textile mill - a factory for making textiles
uptime - a period of time when something (as a machine or factory) is functioning and available for use
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