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Definitions of machinery

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. machines or machine systems collectively Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Machines, in general, or collectively. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Engines and other appliances collectively, or the parts of them; any means by which something is kept in action or the result desired is obtained. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Machines in general: the parts of a machine: means for keeping in action: supernatural agency in a poem. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Machines in general; parts of a machine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The parts of a machine; machines collectively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Mechanical combination; the parts of a machine; machines in general; superhuman agency introduced into a poem for the purpose of solving difficulties. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The works or component parts of a machine; machines in general; complicated routine or management; the superhuman beings introduced into a poem, &c., to solve a difficulty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. A more comprehensive term than "machine;" Including the appur- tenances necessary to the working of a machine. Seavey v. Central Mut. F. Ins. Co., Ill Mass. 540. thelawdictionary.org
  14. Machines; works of a machine, mechanism; contrivances, esp. supernatural persons& incidents, used in literary work. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. Machines in general or collectively;— the working parts of a machine, arranged and constructed so as to apply and regulate force the extraordinary or supernatural means by which the action of a poetic or fictitious work is carried on. Cabinet Dictionary

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