Meaning of MACHINE in English

(~s, machining, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A ~ is a piece of equipment which uses electricity or an engine in order to do a particular kind of work.

I put the coin in the ~ and pulled the lever...

...a color photograph of the sort taken by ~ to be pasted in passports.

N-COUNT: also by N


If you ~ something, you make it or work on it using a ~.

The material is ~d in a factory...

All parts are ~d from top grade, high tensile aluminium.

...~d brass zinc alloy gears.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, be V-ed from n, V-ed


...our machining, fabrication and finishing processes.



You can use ~ to refer to a large and well-controlled system or organization.

...Nazi Germany’s military ~...

He has put the party publicity ~ behind another candidate.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


see also fruit ~ , sewing ~ , slot ~ , vending ~

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