machinist

[muh-shee-nist]
noun
1.
a person who operates machinery, especially a skilled operator of machine tools.
2.
a person who makes or repairs machines.
3.
U.S. Navy. a warrant officer whose duty is to assist the engineering officer in the engine room.

Origin:
1700–10; machine + -ist

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machinist (məˈʃiːnɪst)
 
n
1.  a person who operates machines to cut or process materials
2.  a maker or repairer of machines

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machinist
1706, "engineer, mechanical inventor," from machine (q.v.). Meaning "machine operator" is attested from 1879.
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Example sentences
Finally, producing a flat thread was something any machinist could do quickly and efficiently by himself.
He had four years of experience as a machinist at a mold company since graduating high school.
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