[fak-tuh-ree, -tree]
noun, plural factories.
a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality: They call it a law school, but it's just a degree factory.
(formerly) an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in a foreign country.

1550–60; < Medieval Latin factōria. See factor, -y3

factorylike, adjective
subfactory, noun, plural subfactories.
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factory (ˈfæktərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a.  a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
 b.  (as modifier): a factory worker
2.  rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
3.  (Canadian) (formerly) a main trading station for the exchange and transshipment of furs
[C16: from Late Latin factorium; see factor]

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1560, "estate manager's office," from M.Fr. factorie, from L.L. factorium "office for agents (factors)," also "oil press, mill," from L. factor "doer, maker." Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1618.
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