machinery Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “machinery” in the English Dictionary

"machinery" in British English

See all translations

machinerynoun [U]

uk   /məˈʃiː.nə.ri/  us   /-nɚ.i/

machinery noun [U] (MACHINES)

C1 a ​group of ​largemachines or the ​parts of a ​machine that make it ​work: industrial/​farm machinery His ​hand was ​injured when he got it ​caught in the machinery.
More examples

machinery noun [U] (PROCESS/ORGANIZATION)

the ​structure and ​systems of an ​organization or ​process: bureaucratic/​political/decision-making machinery the machinery of ​government
(Definition of machinery from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"machinery" in American English

See all translations

machinerynoun [U]

 us   /məˈʃi·nər·i/
a ​group of ​machines, or the ​movableparts of a ​machine: farm machinery Some of the ​older machinery ​breaks down ​frequently.
(Definition of machinery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"machinery" in Business English

See all translations

machinerynoun [U]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːnəri/
PRODUCTION a ​group of large ​machines or large ​machines in ​general: agricultural/industrial/farm, etc. machinery They use modern ​farm machinery, such as ​combineharvesters. The ​workshops are ​fitted with modern ​plant machinery.drive/operate/use machinery If you ​feel tired, you should not ​drive or ​operateheavy machinery. What ​happens if the machinery ​breaks down?machinery goes/runs/works They ​keep the machinery ​working all night.machinery manufacturer/supplier The ​site is ​owned by a ​textile machinery ​manufacturer. Loose ​clothing may get ​caught in the machinery.
the ​structure and ​systems of an ​organization or ​process: The Prime Minister made ​majorchanges to the machinery of ​government. thebureaucratic/​political/decision-making machinery
(Definition of machinery from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of machinery?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “machinery”

Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by ,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some are new to our

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More