Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun machinery consisting of engines collectively

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

engine +‎ -ery

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

  • 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.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • 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 — Complete

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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