Definition of machinery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈʃiːnəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈʃiːnəri//
    Manufacturing, How machines work
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  1. 1  [uncountable] machines as a group, especially large ones agricultural/industrial machinery a piece of machinery See related entries: Manufacturing, How machines work
  2. 2  [uncountable] the parts of a machine that make it work a clock with all its machinery hanging out See related entries: Manufacturing, How machines work
  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.
  4. Extra examples large and complex pieces of machinery machinery for grinding wheat Reforms are needed in the machinery of government. These workshops were built to house heavy machinery. This car is a pretty sophisticated piece of machinery.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: machinery