Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Guardian World News

  • $engine = $factory - > createReportEngine ($config); zput ( "/ tmp / factory", $engine);

    Planet PHP

  • This notion of treating animals like machines leads to another of the ongoing semantics debates: over the term factory farm.

    The Foie Gras Wars

  • But now that the coining factory is destroyed, I shall find it difficult to bring home the crime to anyone.

    The Secret Passage

  • The Freitag factory is located in a huge old (beautiful) warehouse.

    Freitag factory

  • This was the point of the No Free Lunch conjectures which Dembski put forward, that surrogates, like computers which create designs (a factory is an excellent example, or a genetic algorithm), still regress to something that is akin to conscious intelligence.

    Aiguy's Computer

  • Novelist Jonathan Safran-Foer has jumped between a meat eating and vegetarian lifestyle for most of his life, but when had to make the decision as to how to feed his first child, he took his investigation deep … into what he calls factory farms.

    New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Citizens dressed in cow costumes and holding signs opposing what they call factory farms will attend the meeting, Jennifer Nelson of Crawford Stewardship Project stated in a press release.

    The Fond du Lac Reporter Latest Headlines

  • You might want to go up to the lake in the village - actually the boys catch fish in that muddy water, but the adobe "factory" is more interesting.

    Peace and beauty - roaming the hills around Morelia

  • BUT … .. already Karl Rove’s spin factory is wisting the story, blaming the Victims!

    Think Progress » House Speaker Skipped Katrina Relief Vote to Attend Congressional Fundraiser

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