From French machinerie (“machinery”), from machine (“machine”); see machine.
- enPR: mə-shē'nə-rē, IPA(key): /məˈʃiːnəɹi/
- Rhymes: -iːnəɹi
machinery (countable and uncountable, plural machineries)
- The machines constituting a production apparatus, in a plant etc., collectively.
- The working parts of a machine as a group.
- The collective parts of something which allow it to function.
All of the machinery of the law was brought to bear on the investigation.
- (figuratively) The literary devices used in a work, notably for dramatic effect
machines constituting a production apparatus
working parts of a machine as a group
collective parts of something which allow it to function
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