Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Machinery made up of engines; instruments of war.
  • n. The act or art of managing engines, or artillery.
  • n. Any device or contrivance; machinery; structure or arrangement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of managing engines, or artillery.
  • n. Engines, in general; instruments of war.
  • n. Any device or contrivance; machinery; structure or arrangement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or art of managing engines or artillery.
  • n. Engines collectively; mechanism; machinery; especially, artillery; instruments of war.
  • n. Any carefully prepared scheme to compass an end, especially a bad end; machinations; devices; system of artifice.
  • n. Engineering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. machinery consisting of engines collectively

Etymologies

engine +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Both he and my father believed in the efficacy of this kind of enginery, but, as the case happened, the beau chevalier was down low enough at the moment his highborn lady listened to the song.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Volume 4

  • The same tremendous enginery was again brought into play in the case of Sirven.

    Voltaire

  • The basic enginery is there already, and Blizzard's presence in the field makes me think it won't be very long until this happens.

    The face of information

  • They must perish, and there is no over-god to stop or to mollify this hideous enginery that grinds and thunders, and takes them up into its terrific system.

    Uncollected Prose

  • I will expound to you — as I alone can — the secret of the enginery that effected the Rattleborough miracle — the one, the true, the admitted, the undisputed, the indisputable miracle, which put a definite end to infidelity among the Rattleburghers and converted to the orthodoxy of the grandames all the carnal-minded who had ventured to be sceptical before.

    Thou Art the Man

  • Via Warren Ellis, uma ideia fascinante: A kind of flying Hawaii, or anti-gravitational Micronesia, with tanned deck-hands leaping across aerodynamic tailfins to the soundtrack of ceaseless enginery, the helicopter archipelago would act as an escape hatch from traditional, nation-state sovereignty.

    Leituras

  • We must give Webster all the thunder-and-lightning circulars and advertising enginery that is needful.

    Mark Twain

  • 'The machinery of all my nature; the whole enginery of this human mill: the boiler, which I take to be the heart, is fit to burst.'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Straightway Burton buried himself in astrological and cabalistic books 56, studied the uncanny arts, and became learned in “dark spells and devilish enginery,” but his own prophecies generally proved to be of the Moseilima type; that is to say, the opposite invariably happened — a fatality that pursued him to the end of life.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • The houses were rude and small, constructed of hewn planks, and stood in areas, around which were thrown fences made also of plank, serving as very effectual stockades against any sudden attack, and bidding defiance to the simple enginery of the natives.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance

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