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Definition of machinery noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] machines as a group, especially large ones agricultural/industrial machinery a piece of machinery
  2. 2[uncountable] the parts of a machine that make it work a clock with all its machinery hanging out
  3. 3[uncountable, singular] the organization or structure of something; the system for doing something machinery (of something) the machinery of government machinery (for doing something) There is no machinery for resolving disputes. The bumblebee has developed complex machinery for collecting pollen. They are faced with the task of dismantling the state machinery in order to create more democratic structures.
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