Meaning of FACTORY in English

n. (pl. -ies)

1. a building or buildings containing plant or equipment for manufacturing machinery or goods.

2 hist. a merchant company's foreign trading station.

Phrases and idioms:

factory farm a farm employing factory farming. factory farming a system of rearing livestock using industrial or intensive methods. factory floor workers in industry as distinct from management. factory ship Brit. a fishing ship with facilities for immediate processing of the catch.

Etymology: Port. feitoria and LL factorium

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.