machinery


machinery
ma|chin|e|ry
S3 [məˈʃi:nəri] n [U]
1.) machines, especially large ones
agricultural/industrial/factory etc machinery
The use of heavy machinery has damaged the site.
an expensive piece of machinery
2.) a system or set of processes for doing something
machinery of
the machinery of government
machinery for (doing) sth
The company has no effective machinery for resolving disputes.
3.) the parts inside a machine that make it work
Be careful not to get anything caught in the machinery.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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