noun, plural assemblies.
an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
(often initial capital letter) Government. a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the New York State Assembly.
a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
Machinery. a group of machine parts, especially one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.
Compare subassembly.

1275–1325; Middle English assemblee < Middle French, literally, (that which is) assembled, feminine past participle of assembler to assemble

preassembly, noun, plural preassemblies.
reassembly, noun, plural reassemblies.
self-assembly, noun, plural self-assemblies.

assemblage, assembly.

1, 2. assemblage, gathering, congress, meeting. See convention. 2. throng. 3. congress, representatives. Unabridged
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assembly (əˈsɛmblɪ)
n , pl -blies
1.  a number of people gathered together, esp for a formal meeting held at regular intervals
2.  the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
3.  the process of putting together a number of parts to make a machine or other product
4.  machinery a group of mating components before or after fitting together
5.  military
 a.  a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
 b.  (as modifier): an assembly area

Assembly (əˈsɛmblɪ)
n , pl -blies
1.  House of Assembly legislative assembly See also National Assembly the lower chamber in various American state legislatures
2.  (NZ) short for General Assembly

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "a gathering of persons," from O.Fr. as(s)emblee, noun from fem. pp. of assembler "to assemble" (see assemble). Meaning "gathering together" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "act of assembling parts or objects" is from 1914, as is assembly line. School sense is recorded from 1932.
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