ma·chin·ery /məˈʃinəri, ˈʃinri/
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).
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"