(~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 ~