Meaning of MACHINERY in English


/meuh shee"neuh ree/ , n. , pl. machineries .

1. an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory.

2. the parts of a machine, collectively: the machinery of a watch.

3. a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government.

4. a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.

5. the group or aggregate of literary machines, esp. those of supernatural agency (epic machinery) in an epic poem.

[ 1680-90; MACHINE + -ERY ]

Syn. 3. organization, structure, setup.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .