assembly

assembly

[uh-sem-blee]
noun, plural assemblies.
1.
an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
2.
a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
3.
(often initial capital letter) Government. a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the New York State Assembly.
4.
Military.
a.
a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
b.
the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
5.
the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
6.
Machinery. a group of machine parts, especially one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.
Compare subassembly.


Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English assemblee < Middle French, literally, (that which is) assembled, feminine past participle of assembler to assemble

preassembly, noun, plural preassemblies.
reassembly, noun, plural reassemblies.
self-assembly, noun, plural self-assemblies.

assemblage, assembly.


1, 2. assemblage, gathering, congress, meeting. See convention. 2. throng. 3. congress, representatives.
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assembly (əˈsɛmblɪ)
 
n , pl -blies
1.  a number of people gathered together, esp for a formal meeting held at regular intervals
2.  the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
3.  the process of putting together a number of parts to make a machine or other product
4.  machinery a group of mating components before or after fitting together
5.  military
 a.  a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
 b.  (as modifier): an assembly area

Assembly (əˈsɛmblɪ)
 
n , pl -blies
1.  House of Assembly legislative assembly See also National Assembly the lower chamber in various American state legislatures
2.  (NZ) short for General Assembly

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Word Origin & History

assembly
early 14c., "a gathering of persons," from O.Fr. as(s)emblee, noun from fem. pp. of assembler "to assemble" (see assemble). Meaning "gathering together" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "act of assembling parts or objects" is from 1914, as is assembly line. School sense is recorded from 1932.
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ASSEMBLY definition

language
An early system on the IBM 702.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):1959-05-16].
(1996-06-27)
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assembly

deliberative council, usually legislative or juridical in purpose and power. The name has been given to various ancient and modern bodies, both political and ecclesiastical. It has been applied to relatively permanent bodies meeting periodically, such as the ancient Greek and Roman assemblies, the Germanic tribal assemblies, the French National Assembly, the legislative houses called assemblies in certain states of the United States, and the UN General Assembly. It has also been applied to groups sitting only for special purposes and for limited periods, such as the Westminster Assembly, which met in 1643 to draft a new constitution for the Church of England.

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