conveyor belt


conveyor belt
[[t]kənve͟ɪə(r) belt[/t]]
conveyor belts
1) N-COUNT A conveyor belt or a conveyor is a continuously moving strip of rubber or metal which is used in factories for moving objects along so that they can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

The damp bricks went along a conveyor belt into another shed to dry.

2) N-COUNT (disapproval) If you describe a situation as a conveyor belt, you dislike it because it produces things or people which are all the same or always deals with things or people in the same way.

They feel scared and powerless in conveyor-belt hospital wards.


English dictionary. 2008.

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