Pronunciation: (mu-shē'nu-rē),[key] —n., —pl.-er•ies. 1. an assemblage of machines or mechanical apparatuses: the machinery of a factory. 2. the parts of a machine, collectively: the machinery of a watch. 3. a group of people or a system by which action is maintained or by which some result is obtained: the machinery of government. 4. a group of contrivances for producing stage effects.
5. the group or aggregate of literary machines, esp. those of supernatural agency (epic machinery) in an epic poem.