noun, plural ma·chin·er·ies.
- an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory.
- the parts of a machine, collectively: the machinery of a watch.
- a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government.
- a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.
- the group or aggregate of literary machines, especially those of supernatural agency (epic machinery) in an epic poem.
noun plural -eries
- machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively
- a particular machine system or set of machines
- a system similar to a machinethe machinery of government
- literary devices used for effect in epic poetry
n.1680s; from machine (n.) + -ery. Originally theatrical, “devices for creating stage effects” (which also was a sense of Greek mekhane); meaning “machines collectively” is attested from 1731. Middle English had machinament “a contrivance” (early 15c.).