assembly-line

assembly line

noun
an arrangement of machines, tools, and workers in which a product is assembled by having each perform a specific, successive operation on an incomplete unit as it passes by in a series of stages organized in a direct line.
Also called production line.


Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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assembly line
 
n
a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc, in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out

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assembly line definition


A line of factory workers and equipment along which a product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed.

Note: Assembly lines are found in many industries but are particularly associated with automobile manufacturing.
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