Machinery en


Machinery meaning

Machines employ power to achieve desired forces and movement (motion). A machine has a power source and actuators that generate forces and movement, and a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. Modern machines often include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, and are called mechanical systems. The meaning of the word "machine" is traced by the Oxford English Dictionary to an independently functioning structure and by Merriam-Webster Dictionary to something that has been constructed. This includes human design into the meaning of machine.


  1. (noun) Machines, in general, or collectively.
  2. (noun) 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.
  3. (noun) 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.
  4. (noun) The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch.
Word: ma·chin·ery
Pronunciation of machinery: m&-'shE-n&-rE, -'shEn-rE
Function of machinery: noun
Other forms of machinery: plural -er·ies
1 a : machines in general or as a functioning unit b : the working parts of a machine
2 : the means or system by which something is kept in action or a desired result is obtained <the machinery of government> <genetic machinery of cells>