machinery definition

  • noun:
    • devices or machine components thought to be a group.
    • The working components of a certain machine.
    • A system of related elements that work in a definable manner: diplomatic and political machinery.
    • a computer device or method of achieving or effecting a result.
    • A literary product for causing a result, such as for instance a happy ending.
    • The machines constituting a production equipment, in a plant etc., collectively.
    • The working elements of a device as an organization.
    • The collective areas of something which allow it to function.
    • The literary products utilized in a work, particularly for dramatic effect
    • devices, as a whole, or collectively.
    • The working parts of a device, engine, or tool.
    • The supernatural means wherein the action of a poetic or fictitious tasks are continued and taken to a catastrophe; in a long good sense, the contrivances by which the crises and summary of a fictitious narrative, in prose or verse, tend to be effected.
    • The means and appliances through which any such thing is kept for action or a desired outcome is obtained; a complex system of components adapted to a purpose.
    • The parts of a machine considered collectively; any mixture of mechanical means built to work together in order to impact a given end: as, the machinery of a wristwatch, or of a canal-lock.
    • devices collectively; a congeries or assemblage of machines: as, the equipment of a cotton-mill is generally moved by an individual wheel.
    • Any complex system of means and devices, not mechanical, built to keep on any certain work, or keep everything doing his thing, or even impact a certain purpose or end: as, the equipment of government.
    • especially, the agencies, particularly if supernatural, in which the plot of an epic or remarkable poem, or any other imaginative work, is carried on and conducted toward catastrophe.
    • machines or machine methods collectively
    • a method of means and tasks whereby a social institution functions

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