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



BrE BrE//ˈfæktri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæktri//
; BrE BrE//ˈfæktəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæktəri//
(pl. factories) Buildings, Manufacturing
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a building or group of buildings where goods are made a car factory factory workers Synonymsfactoryplant mill works yard workshop foundryThese are all words for buildings or places where things are made or where industrial processes take place.factory a building or group of buildings where goods are made:a chocolate/​cigarette/​clothing factoryplant a factory or place where power is produced or an industrial process takes place:a nuclear power plant a manufacturing plantmill a factory that produces a particular type of material:a cotton/​paper/​textile/​woollen millworks (often in compounds) a place where things are made or an industrial process takes place:a brickworks a steelworks Raw materials were carried to the works by barge.yard (usually in compounds) an area of land used for building something:a shipyardworkshop a room or building in which things are made or repaired using tools or machinery:a car repair workshopfoundry a factory where metal or glass is melted and made into different shapes or objects:an iron foundryPatterns a car/​chemical/​munitions factory/​plant an engineering plant/​works to manage/​run a factory/​plant/​mill/​works/​yard/​workshop/​foundry to work in/​at a factory/​plant/​mill/​yard/​workshop/​foundry factory/​mill/​foundry owners/​managers/​workers Wordfinderassembly line, capacity, factory, foreman, plant, process, production, shift, shop floor, workforce See related entries: Buildings, Manufacturing Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally referring to a place where traders did business in a foreign country): via Portuguese feitoria. The current sense is based on late Latin factorium, literally ‘oil press’.Extra examples He works in a shoe factory. The factory closed down ten years ago. They had to close the factory down in the recession. a worker on the factory floor capital to set up a ceramics factory the factory farming of beef, pork and chicken a chocolate/​cigarette/​clothing/​soap factory
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