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Definition of machinery:

  1. Machines, in general, or collectively.
  2. 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.
  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.
  4. The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch.


contrivance, carriage, big beast, automaton, cam, organ, ancillary, black box, motor, belt, system, chamber, manner, contraption, machine, device, mode, clunker, tactic, basis, camshaft, way, automation, array, appliance, method, button, apparatus, technique, engine, ministry, plans, ball bearing, bucket, bearing, procedure, accouterments.

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