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Meaning of MACHINERY

Pronunciation:  mu'sheenuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  machines or machine systems collectively
  2. [n]  a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions; "the complex machinery of negotiation"; "the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order"

MACHINERY is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: enginery, machine, system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ma*chin"er*y\, n. [From {Machine}: cf. F.
1. Machines, in general, or collectively.

2. The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as,
   the machinery of a watch.

3. The supernatural means by which the action of a poetic or
   fictitious work is carried on and brought to a
   catastrophe; in an extended sense, the contrivances by
   which the crises and conclusion of a fictitious narrative,
   in prose or verse, are effected.

         The machinery, madam, is a term invented by the
         critics, to signify that part which the deities,
         angels, or demons, are made to act in a poem.

4. The means and appliances by which anything is kept in
   action or a desired result is obtained; a complex system
   of parts adapted to a purpose.

         An indispensable part of the machinery of state.

         The delicate inflexional machinery of the Aryan
         languages.                            --I. Taylor

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing machinery in your dream, suggests that you are going about your way without much thought. You are making decisions without thinking it through. You need to get out of your boring pattern. Alternatively, it indicates that your self-image or a relationship may be in need of repair.
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