machinery


machinery
[[t]məʃi͟ːnəri[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT You can use machinery to refer to machines in general, or machines that are used in a factory or on a farm.

...quality tools and machinery.

...your local garden machinery specialist...

Farmers import most of their machinery and materials.

2) N-SING: the N, oft N of n The machinery of a government or organization is the system and all the procedures that it uses to deal with things.

The machinery of democracy could be created quickly.

...the government machinery and administrative procedures concerned with social provision...

The full state and police machinery ground into action.


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