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Definition of "factory" []

  • A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured; a plant. (noun)
  • A vessel in which newly caught seafood is prepared for shipment and sale: a floating fish factory. (noun)
  • A business establishment for commercial agents or factors in a foreign country. (noun)
  • The source of prolific production: a rock group that was a hit-tune factory; a motel that served as an illegal drug factory. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "factory" in a sentence
  • "He said the ­factory twice received phone calls from the Israeli military telling them to evacuate the building in the days before the strike, but the factory was not used by Hamas or other Palestinian fighters."
  • "$engine = $factory - > createReportEngine ($config); zput ( "/ tmp / factory", $engine);"
  • "This notion of treating animals like machines leads to another of the ongoing semantics debates: over the term factory farm."