Ma*chin"er*y(m*shn"r*), n. [From Machine: cf. F. machinerie.] 1. Machines, in general, or collectively.
2. The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the
machinery of a watch.
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.
The machinery, madam, is a term invented by the critics, to signify that part which the deities, angels, or demons, are made to act in a poem.Pope.
4. 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.
An indispensable part of the machinery of state.Macaulay.
The delicate inflexional machinery of the Aryan languages.I. Taylor (The Alphabet).
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