epic machinery

epic machinery

See under machinery ( def 5 ).
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noun, plural machineries.
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.

1680–90; machine + -ery

antimachinery, adjective

3. organization, structure, setup.
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machinery (məˈʃiːnərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  machines, machine parts, or machine systems collectively
2.  a particular machine system or set of machines
3.  a system similar to a machine: the machinery of government
4.  literary devices used for effect in epic poetry

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Word Origin & History

1680s; from machine + -ery. Originally theatrical, "devices for creating stage effects;" meaning "machines collectively" is attested from 1731.
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