from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building or group of buildings in which goods are manufactured; a plant.
- n. A vessel in which newly caught seafood is prepared for shipment and sale: a floating fish factory.
- n. A business establishment for commercial agents or factors in a foreign country.
- n. The source of prolific production: a rock group that was a hit-tune factory; a motel that served as an illegal drug factory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.
- n. The position or state of being a factor.
- n. A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.
- n. A device which produces or manufactures something.
- n. In a computer program or library, a function or method which creates an object.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers.
- n. The body of factors in any place.
- n. A building, or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares, or utensils; a manufactory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An establishment of merchants and factors resident in a foreign place, formed for mutual protection and advantage, usually occupying special quarters under their own control, and sometimes having fortified posts and depots.
- n. A body of factors; the association of persons in a factorial establishment.
- n. The employment or authority of a factor; power to act as a factor.
- n. A building or group of buildings appropriated to the manufacture of goods, including the machinery necessary to produce the goods, and the engine or other power by which such machinery is propelled; the place where workers are employed in fabricating goods, wares, or utensils: as, a cotton factory.
- n. Manufacture; making.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
Late Latin factōria, oil press, mill, and Medieval Latin factōria, establishment for factors, both from Latin factor, factor; see factor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin factoria, from Latin factor. Probably via a Romance language; compare Italian fattoria, Spanish factoría, Portuguese feitoria. (Wiktionary)