Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is skilled in operating machine tools.
  • n. One who makes, operates, or repairs machines.
  • n. A warrant officer who assists the engineering officer in the engine room of a naval vessel.
  • n. Archaic A person in charge of stage machinery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A constructor of machines and engines; one versed in the principles of machines.
  • n. One skilled in the use of machine tools.
  • n. A person who operates machinery.
  • n. A person employed to shift scenery in a theater.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A constructor of machines and engines; one versed in the principles of machines.
  • n. One skilled in the use of machine tools.
  • n. A person employed to shift scenery in a theater.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A constructor of machines and engines, or one versed in the principles of machines; in a general sense, one who invents or constructs mechanical devices of any kind.
  • n. One who tends or works a machine.
  • n. In the rating of the United States navy, an engine-room artificer or attendant.
  • n. In United States politics, an adherent of the machine, or a supporter of its methods.
  • n. In the history of art, one of those Italian painters of about the seventeenth century (a period of artistic decline) who worked mechanically or according to rigid rules.

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

  • n. a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools

Etymologies

From French machiniste, from machine 'machine, mechanical device', from Latin machina, from Ancient Greek μηχανή (mēkhanē, "machine"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The workman in the old machine shop was known as a machinist, an apprentice or a helper.

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  • The worker in the machine shop of today is no longer known as a machinist, because that term does not cover the present range of positions.

    Industrial Progress and Human Economics

  • The machinist was a widow, and her machine had been bought out of her husband's club and insurance money when he died twenty-one years before.

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  • Occupations with an increase in employment included some manufacturing and logistics occupations, such as machinist and transportation-worker supervisors.

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  • He's a journeyman, which is the top rating for machinist, meaning he can make almost any part in a Boeing airliner.

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  • This continuous assault has not been limited to farm labor, as proponents like to suggest, but includes many well compensated positions, (such as machinist and mechanic), for large companies.

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  • It was a dream come true for the Memphis, Tennessee native, whose road to stardom was lined with day jobs such as machinist and truck driver.

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  • "If we can manage to find a nice, agreeable, elderly gentleman -- the story-book kind of machinist, you know.

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  • There they would serve in such class "A" specialties as radioman, signalman, and yeoman and the other occupational specialties such as machinist, mechanic, carpenter, electrician, cook, and baker. [

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  • In 1879, when Terrence Powderly, a Pennsylvania machinist, took over the Knights, he opened its ranks to women, blacks, immigrants, and unskilled workers.

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