Machinery

Ma*chin"er*y

(m*shn"r*), n. [From Machine: cf. F. machinerie.] 1. Machines, in general, or collectively.
[1913 Webster]

2. The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument; as, the machinery of a watch.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

An indispensable part of the machinery of state.
Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

The delicate inflexional machinery of the Aryan languages.
I. Taylor (The Alphabet).
[1913 Webster]

 

New - Add Dictionary Search to Your Site

You can add a free dictionary search box to your own web site by copying and pasting the following HTML into one of your web pages:

<form action="http://www.freedict.co.uk/search.php" method="post">
 <p style="text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif;">
  <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.freedict.co.uk/"
     title="FreeDict free online dictionary">FreeDict</a>
  <input type="text" name="word" size="20" value="" />
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search Dictionary" />
 </p>
</form>

 

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Tue 18th December 2018