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[muh-shee-nist] /məˈʃi nɪst/
a person who operates machinery, especially a skilled operator of machine tools.
a person who makes or repairs machines.
U.S. Navy. a warrant officer whose duty is to assist the engineering officer in the engine room.
Origin of machinist
1700-10; machine + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By judicious hammering with the round end of a machinist's hammer you can give it any shape you desire.

  • "There will be my machinist in the rumble-seat," replied Morton, blushing furiously.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • A machinist, or a mechanic, or a day laborer might have found a foot-hold.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • He has only  ordinary ability in other directions, but as a machinist he is a marvel.

    How to Become Rich William Windsor
  • He was not only a machinist, but a sailor, 28 having served in both capacities, though now only twenty-five years of age.

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic
  • My machinist type-copied a book for me in '74, so I concluded it was that one.

  • The man, who was evidently a machinist, soon located the trouble.

  • Hes some machinist, believe me, from the way he goes about things.

  • For surely such dramatic exhibition never yet enacted itself without Dramatist and machinist.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for machinist


a person who operates machines to cut or process materials
a maker or repairer of machines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for machinist

1706, "engineer, mechanical inventor," a hybrid from machine (n.) + -ist. Meaning "machine operator" is attested from 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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