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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ma·chin·ery /məˈʃinəri, ˈʃinri/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ma·chin·er·y n.
 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).

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: machines or machine systems collectively
      2: 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"