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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
factory
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a chocolate factory
▪ My dream job would be working in a chocolate factory.
a factory farm (=one in which animals are kept inside, in small spaces, and made to grow or produce eggs very quickly )
▪ Pigs in factory farms are fed a mixture of grains and proteins.
a factory/farm/office worker
▪ Factory workers threatened strikes.
a farm/factory/school etc gate
▪ I carefully shut the farm gate behind me.
▪ Lots of parents were waiting outside the school gate.
a house/factory/car etc blaze (=a burning house/factory/car etc)
▪ Three people were badly hurt in a house blaze.
agricultural/industrial/factory etc machinery
factory farming
factory floor
▪ There’s been a lot of talk on the factory floor among the ordinary workers about more layoffs.
factory/hospital/school etc closure
▪ the problem of school closures
garment industry/factory/district etc
▪ She works in the garment district of Manhattan.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
large
▪ Alongside the Manchester Ship Canal there were open spaces suitable for large modern factories using imported raw materials.
▪ Periodically during the day, we received fire from a large factory to our north.
▪ Moreover, the technology that is commonly available for large cement factories is inappropriate for most developing countries.
▪ He enraged biologists by considering the biosphere of living creatures as a large chemical factory.
▪ The net loss of 2.8 million from 1971 to 1989 occurred above all through the decline of the large factory.
▪ By 1980 the Puzzle Palace had become the largest single espionage factory the free world had ever known or could ever imagine.
▪ As capitalism developed, the workforce was increasingly concentrated in large factories where production was a social enterprise.
▪ Eliseo worked in a large state-run factory for a very small wage.
local
▪ The roots are crushed in the local sugar factory to extract the sugary juice.
▪ Union teachers might not get a cost of living increase, but they could negotiate with the local ice cream factory.
▪ To keep the supporters out of mischief during the morning, Chapman arranged tours of a local factory and brewery.
▪ In particular all local factories and the military were ordered to rejoice.
▪ Brachs, a confectionery company, recently took Chicago by surprise when it announced the closure of its local factory.
▪ Sometimes the blacksmith would take on commissions from other organisations such as repair work for local factories or railway companies.
▪ Many had livestock pens and some had specialized functions connected with a local firm or factory.
▪ The four local factories were told in no uncertain terms that they had to celebrate.
new
▪ The other decision was to build a new factory.
▪ That was followed in mid-1985 by production of engines and other components at a new factory in Anna, Ohio.
▪ Part two is business-oriented and built around a visitor's search for a new factory site.
▪ The new factory made it possible for the company to produce increasingly elaborate garments.
▪ Would you open a new factory there now?
▪ Foreign manufacturers could only benefit by starting new factories in Britain, again creating jobs.
▪ That ended in the 1950s, when the new factory trawlers arrived.
▪ The £50 million deal involves supplies to Toyota's new factory in Derbyshire.
small
▪ One of the few exceptions is a small factory, mainly employing women, which produces electronic components.
▪ Still there were crucial differences in this small sample of factories.
▪ Local authorities will be responsible for controlling discharges from smaller factories and license provisions for waste disposal contractors.
▪ He set up a small factory in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1895.
▪ She considers whether or not to start a small factory in the region.
▪ Yet, in Buffalo, Dole spoke to a small group of factory workers who were mostly Democrats.
▪ Waller's double-glazing business was caught up in the plague when hooligans set his small factory on fire.
▪ Like the electric motor, the internal-combustion engine was soon used in all kinds of small factories and shops.
■ NOUN
car
▪ I was working in a car factory at the time.
▪ Read in studio A fire has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at a car factory.
▪ Like many of the city's estates, it was built for car factory workers.
▪ Unions at the car factory say they are delighted that bosses have rewarded workers for their efforts with major investment.
▪ Soon it will also be the site of a £300m car factory.
▪ Dad worked at the local car factory.
closure
▪ Many factory closures are on the way, with perhaps as many as 600,000 jobs at risk.
▪ The province has become sadly familiar with news of lay-offs and redundancies, factory closures and company collapses.
floor
▪ Components were stacked in piles all over the factory floor like the contents of an attic.
▪ Rumors swept up from the factory floor and lofted back down again from the cubicles of middle management.
▪ They went through a series of corridors until they reached the factory floor.
▪ Such an agreement, however, has clearer links with the factory floor than the consulting room.
▪ He moved off the factory floor and into management with the same manufacturing firm.
▪ But socialism was doomed unless power remained on the factory floor and flowed upwards, rather than downwards.
▪ Down on the factory floor, automatic control had the expected virtue of moderating high-powered energy sources as mentioned earlier.
garment
▪ For nearly three decades, he worked in Woodbury at a garment factory near his home.
▪ Minnie had three children and continued to work almost constantly in the garment factories.
▪ She started working in the Baltimore garment factories, helping with newsletters and worker organization.
gate
▪ People must turn up at the proverbial factory gates fresh, fit and ready to toil.
▪ Mr Peters asks the highly relevant question: why do so many workers leave their talents at the factory gate?
▪ The second order relates to the banning of meetings in the vicinity of the factory gates.
▪ The danger of an upturn in inflation was highlighted today in figures showing the price of goods leaving the factory gate.
▪ Cars were pouring out of the factory gates when he reached them and two buses added to the congestion.
▪ City economists also worried that factory gate price inflation was proving difficult to curb.
work
▪ I suppose it's really just like factory work - just as boring.
▪ Girls, even, can learn factory work or serve in restaurants.
▪ I tried everything - engineering, factory work - but I needed a fresh-air life.
▪ His jobs included digging ditches, coal-mining and factory work.
▪ She was overjoyed to find she earned a much higher wage than for her factory work.
▪ Many things have to be put in to make a factory work.
worker
▪ A glossy magazine designed to satisfy the CEOs ego may go wide of the mark with the factory workers.
▪ Fewer factory workers are losing fingers or getting sick.
▪ Like everybody from factory workers to opera stars, writers were supposed to serve the totalitarian state and its purposes.
▪ Where are the sons of longshoremen and black factory workers from the South?
▪ Streets which once throbbed with dock and factory workers and their families were now deserted.
▪ In both metallurgical and textile industries almost half the factory workers were employed in plants of over 1,000 workers.
▪ Aircraft factory workers were the highest paid and in 1940 De Havilland reported average earnings of £5.53p weekly.
▪ In Table 5.1 housewives' experiences of monotony, fragmentation and speed are compared with those of a sample of factory workers.
■ VERB
build
▪ Suppose in the long run the industry can build more identical factories.
▪ Already, Idec Pharmaceuticals is looking at building a factory in Texas or another non- California site.
▪ He is building a factory to make cigarettes and would like to make shoes, ice-cream, scent, vitamins and china.
▪ A raft of foreign-owned firms have built new factories.
▪ Rows of terraced houses for the workers, and later shops, were built near the factories.
▪ Farrakhan, upon his return, said he would accept the money to build homes, factories and schools.
▪ Starting out as a cowboy movie extra, he built a comedy factory.
▪ No rush to build yet To be sure, there is no flood of biotechs rushing to build factories.
close
▪ He comes, and after a heated discussion he commits himself to closing down the factory by 1992.
▪ The Boeing Co., the region's largest employer, closed its factories and dismissed workers early.
▪ Politicians will not close important factories or meddle with publicly owned bodies that pollute.
▪ Q: Why did we close a Johnson Brothers factory last year if the brand is so important?
▪ Northern Foods is axing 3,000 jobs and closing smaller factories in order to cut group costs.
▪ Meco International has sold one of its subsidiary companies and so is closing a factory and centralising production on to another site.
▪ It's the same with closing a factory.
move
▪ His car had been damaged at least six times and he'd moved his double glazing factory because of three attempted robberies.
▪ A hundred years ago we moved from farm to factory.
▪ The po solution is to move the factory upstream of itself so that its effluent is drawn into its intake.
▪ He moved off the factory floor and into management with the same manufacturing firm.
▪ Rose moved around her factory aware all the time of the undercurrents from the women working there.
▪ Bombed out of one small premises, Grandpa had moved from factory to factory, finally ending up in what was now Belmodes.
▪ Much less coal has to be moved and so factory owners have a freer choice of position.
open
▪ In late 1996 Mercedes-Benz will open a transplant factory in Vance, Alabama.
▪ Would you open a new factory there now?
▪ Sacks of asbestos fibre had been opened in the factory, releasing dust into the atmosphere.
▪ He opened a factory at Chigwell, Essex, in 1785.
▪ He opened a second factory in Gode in 1854.
produce
▪ Next years competition brief is to design an energy-efficient ceramics factory producing heavy-duty decorative tiles for buildings.
▪ Given that the factory producing the chocolate is miles away, the resulting confections are really quite good.
▪ Back in Vilangulu they own a factory that can produce up to 1,000 meals a day.
▪ State ownership of all factories producing cars?
▪ Lowry showed how the factories produced people deprived of identity.
▪ But different factories have produced a different quality of chemical.
▪ I recently visited a factory that produces heavy engineering goods.
run
▪ A harsh criticism, perhaps, since Laura was no longer running the factories on a daily basis.
▪ Motors, by the millions, bestowed with selves, now run factories.
▪ This is not needed merely to run the factories properly - which is what foreign managers' present jobs mainly amount to.
▪ Amsale, who sometimes works seven days a week running her dress factory, still controls her hours.
▪ Consumers will pay what they have to pay to heat their homes, drive their cars and run their factories.
▪ Unwritten rules may be a precarious basis on which to run a factory.
▪ The car rattled along, crossing the myriad narrow gauge loco tracks that ran between the factories lining the route.
set
▪ He set up a small factory in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1895.
▪ Waller's double-glazing business was caught up in the plague when hooligans set his small factory on fire.
▪ This time she took him to a room in a large apartment block set near factories and oil-storage tanks.
▪ Bric-a-brac was donated and sold on the stall which was set up in the factory canteen.
▪ Rich Athenians set up small factories in which the chief, but not the sole, source of labour was slaves.
▪ While he was still in his twenties he set up his own factory in Welwyn Garden City and became a millionaire.
visit
▪ I recently visited a factory that produces heavy engineering goods.
▪ Next, they visit a yogurt factory and learn about yogurt and how it is made.
▪ The writers spent a year talking to workers and visiting the factory to make sure their production was as authentic as possible.
▪ What did a liberated woman wear to visit a factory?
▪ A Department of Labour inspector visited the factory on 28 May.
▪ You are also invited to visit a clog factory to watch the craftsmen at work.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
factory girl/shop girl/office girl
factory-made/German-made/homemade etc
the factory floor
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a shoe factory
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ After starting with a handful, the factory now employs 2, 800 workers.
▪ Children used to have to work in dreadful conditions, in factories and mines.
▪ In factories and at work, as well as communities and localities?
▪ In the factories of bioengineering firms and in the chips of neural-net computers, the organic and the machine are merging.
▪ Inputs from these sensor measurements are compared to factory yield and performance.
▪ Paradoxically, Soviet planners turned the primitive conditions and shortage of supplies at the factories to their advantage, Overy says.
▪ The lead factory on the outskirts of town is such a wreck that you don't know whether to laugh or cry.
▪ Wharton-Tigar recalls quite well the sardine factory controlled by Reichmann and Hollander.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Factory

Factory \Fac"to*ry\, n.; pl. Factories (-r[i^]z). [Cf. F. factorerie.]

  1. A house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers. ``The Company's factory at Madras.''
    --Burke.

  2. The body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory.
    --W. Guthrie.

  3. 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; as, a cotton factory.

    Factory leg (Med.), a variety of bandy leg, associated with partial dislocation of the tibia, produced in young children by working in factories.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
factory

1550s, "estate manager's office," from Middle French factorie (15c.), from Late Latin factorium "office for agents ('factors')," also "oil press, mill," from Latin factor "doer, maker" (see factor (n.)). From 1580s as "establishment of merchants and factors in a foreign place." Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.

Wiktionary
factory

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country. 2 (context now rare English) The position or state of being a factor. 3 A building or other place where manufacture takes place.

WordNet
factory

n. a plant consisting of buildings with facilities for manufacturing [syn: mill, manufacturing plant, manufactory]

Wikipedia
Factory

A factory (previously manufactory) or manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another.

Factories arose with the introduction of machinery during the Industrial Revolution when the capital and space requirements became too great for cottage industry or workshops. Early factories that contained small amounts of machinery, such as one or two spinning mules, and fewer than a dozen workers have been called "glorified workshops".

Most modern factories have large warehouses or warehouse-like facilities that contain heavy equipment used for assembly line production. Large factories tend to be located with access to multiple modes of transportation, with some having rail, highway and water loading and unloading facilities.

Factories may either make discrete products or some type of material continuously produced such as chemicals, pulp and paper, or refined oil products. Factories manufacturing chemicals are often called plants and may have most of their equipment – tanks, pressure vessels, chemical reactors, pumps and piping – outdoors and operated from control rooms. Oil refineries have most of their equipment outdoors.

Discrete products may be final consumer goods, or parts and sub-assemblies which are made into final products elsewhere. Factories may be supplied parts from elsewhere or make them from raw materials. Continuous production industries typically use heat or electricity to transform streams of raw materials into finished products.

The term mill originally referred to the milling of grain, which usually used natural resources such as water or wind power until those were displaced by steam power in the 19th century. Because many processes like spinning and weaving, iron rolling, and paper manufacturing were originally powered by water, the term survives as in steel mill, paper mill, etc.

Factory (object-oriented programming)

In object-oriented programming (OOP), a factory is an object for creating other objects – formally a factory is a function or method that returns objects of a varying prototype or class from some method call, which is assumed to be "new". More broadly, a subroutine that returns a "new" object may be referred to as a "factory", as in factory method or factory function. This is a basic concept in OOP, and forms the basis for a number of related software design patterns.

Factory (disambiguation)

A factory is a large industrial building where goods are manufactured.

Factory or The Factory may also refer to:

Factory (TV series)

Factory was a comedy television series. It premiered on Sunday, 29 June 2008 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central on Spike. The series, produced by 3 Arts Entertainment, was directed by and stars Mitch Rouse, and features fellow comedians Michael Coleman, Jay Leggett and David Pasquesi. The pilot episode of the show has been made available free on iTunes.

Factory (band)

Factory was a band from Stockholm in Sweden, active between 1978–1982, scoring chart successes in Sweden during the late 1970s and 1980s.

Factory broke through in Sweden with the 1978 single Efter plugget 1978. The single was followed up by the album Factory. The band toured the Nordic Region in the late 1970s and early 1980s and also released the 1980 album Factory II.

During the 1990s, the band was reunited temporary touring with, among others, Magnum Bonum, Attack and Snowstorm.

Factory (trading post)

A factory (from Latinfacere, meaning "to do"; Portuguesefeitoria, Dutchfactorij, Frenchfactorerie) was an establishment for factors or merchants carrying on business in foreign lands, initially established in parts of Medieval Europe. Factories eventually spread to other parts of the world in the wake of European trading ventures and, in many cases, were precursor to colonial expansion. Factories could serve simultaneously as market, warehouse, customs, defense and support to navigation or exploration, headquarters or de facto government of local communities. The head of the factory was the chief factor.

In North America, this trading formula was adopted by colonists and later Americans to exchange goods with local non-Western societies, especially in Native American Indian territory. In that context, these establishments were often called trading posts.

Factory (openSUSE)

The Factory project is the rolling development code base for openSUSE Tumbleweed, a Linux distribution. Factory is mainly used as an internal term for openSUSE's distribution developers, and the target project for all contributions to openSUSE's main code base. There is a constant flow of packages going into Factory. There is no freeze; therefore, the Factory repository is not guaranteed to be fully stable and is not intended to be used by humans.

The core system packages receive automated testing via openQA. When automated testing is completed and the repo is in a consistent state, the repo is synced to the download mirrors and published as openSUSE Tumbleweed, which many developers and hackers from the openSUSE Project use as their primary operating system.

Factory (Band of Horses song)

"Factory" is the third single taken from Band of Horses' third album Infinite Arms. The song was released for free download at the band's official site in April 2010, shortly after " Compliments" and "Laredo", to help promote the upcoming release of Infinite Arms. Despite not charting, the song was generally well received and was noted for its unique use of candy referencing, with Pitchfork calling the song, "the album's string-drenched opener. Marvel as Ben Bridwell does his best to give majesty to the phrase 'snack machine.'" It's a fan-favorite, and although it's sometimes dropped during the band's sets when they're the opening act, it's almost always present during shows where they're the headliner. It was performed by the band during their appearance on Later... with Jools Holland.

Usage examples of "factory".

In the first half of the 18th century, when Bushire was an unimportant fishing village, it was selected by Nadir Shah as the southern port of Persia and dockyard of the navy which he aspired to create in the Persian Gulf, and the British commercial factory of the East India Company, established at Gombrun, the modern Bander Abbasi, was transferred to it in 1759.

The unhappy travellers made their way down to Moose Factory in borrowed HBC lighters, then had to travel five hundred miles tip the Moose and Abitibi rivers before they reached civilization.

He discovered that Akron headed a small, but growing, factory in New Jersey, which made a part - a very secret part, Akron indicated - for several bomber factories.

Hence, in 1851, Muraviov established the factory of Nikolaievsk, near the mouth of the Amur, and those of Mariinsk and Alexandrovsk at either end of the portage connecting that river with the Bay of Castries.

APRON OVER AN OLD SHIRT AND washed-out chinos, James Jesus Angleton was sweeping the aisles of the greenhouse he had recently installed in the back yard of his suburban Arlington house, across the Potomac from the District of Columbia and the Pickle Factory on the Reflecting Pool.

Here, also, Boyd had set up a surreptitious antipersonnel landmine factory.

Meanwhile, Castle launched a frontal assault on the water problem by cracking down on industrial pollution, enforcing compliance with laws already on the books to eliminate poisonous industrial discharges into rivers and streams, and successfully lobbying for laws that gave tax credits to factories that installed antipollution and water-recycling equipment.

Vor, even more impatient than the young bator, activated his plasma howitzer and unleashed a hellish gout of plasma fire down into the automated factory.

Such a move would be motivated less by fear of what a warhead might do to one of their proud battlecraft than what might happen to the asteroid mines and spaceborne factories they had established.

He fitted novel and ingenious machinery in the arsenal and cannon factory which he was commissioned to erect in New York, and he was asked to supply plans for the defences of the Narrows between the upper and lower bays of that port.

It made Beaux Reves a self-contained antebellum plantation, and at the same time, a kind of busy, diversified factory.

Shortly before the Great War, Bedaux set himself up in Cleveland as a business efficiency expert and there he started to spread the gospel of what he called the B-Unit a means of relating time to movement in factory operations.

He now shipped carloads of melons to Denver, raised sweet corn and was making a big success of his sugar beets, which for the time being he fed to cattle, since there was no sugar factory in the region.

Farris Fashions, a flannel shirt maker struggling to remain solvent after losing one of its biggest customers to a factory in China.

Between the cigar factory and the Italian grocer was a vacant lot reserved for the bocci ball court.