• WordNet 3.6
    • n factory a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories
    • Factory 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 A house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers. "The Company's factory at Madras."
    • Factory The body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
    • n factory 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. In the middle ages foreign factories existed in most large European cities, and to a later period in many Asiatic and African ports, often giving rise, especially in India, to the acquisition of extensive political power. A few are still maintained in India and western Africa, most of them by the French, in a modified form and sometimes under other designations.
    • n factory A body of factors; the association of persons in a factorial establishment.
    • n factory The employment or authority of a factor; power to act as a factor.
    • n factory 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. The general distinction between a factory and a shop is that the work done in the former is on a larger scale, and usually of a kind requiring more machinery. When the more simple kinds of work commonly done in shops, however, are carried on in large establishments, the latter are often called factories; but establishments for some branches of production are seldom or never so called, however large, as machine-shops, car-shops, coopers' shops, etc. Also called manufactory.
    • n factory Manufacture; making.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1848, the first American pasta factory opened in Brooklyn, New York. The name of the man that opened it was Antoine Zerega
    • Factory a manufactory: a trading settlement in a distant country
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  • Charles Revson
    Charles Revson
    “In our factory, we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
    “The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.”
  • Albert Shanker
    Albert Shanker
    “We've got a lemon factory and we're turning out 80-85 percent lemons.”
  • Eric Burdon
    Eric Burdon
    “You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, go back to the factory or go back to the desk.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.”
  • Charles Revson
    Charles Revson
    “In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.”


On the factory floor - On the factory floor means the place where things are actually produced.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. factorerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

A girl's first impression of a factory is likely to be that it is a busy place.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
All the factory fires were low, and the air was no longer smoke-sodden.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Every important centre has its own co-operative butter, cheese or bacon factory.
"Australia The Dairy Country" by Australia Department of External Affairs
On October 25, 1916, we took over from a brigade of the 1st Division at the ruined sugar factory at Bazentin-le-Grand.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Towle's new shoe factory at Northwood, N. H. New shoe factory at Natick, Mass.
"The Arena" by Various
The factory for tapestries seems, then, little like a factory.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
I had received most of my education in the factories and stores down-town, which was perhaps beneficial to everybody but me.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Orville Wright is trying to make a do of his factory.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
The town has tanneries, and cheese and butter factories.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
There are indigo factories and two coal-mines.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Many of the taints that bother factories are directly traceable to such a cause.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
You see, Carrington has sold his factory.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
The German factory ordinances of the year 1891 fixed a maximum of eleven hours for adult working-women.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
During the tobacco season, he worked in factories in Winston (no Salem then) and Greensboro.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
There are likewise a large number of factories for canning and preserving fruits and vegetables.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Where one book is read in agricultural districts, fifty are read in the vicinity of the factory.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
In one of the great manufacturing towns of the Northwest there are some twenty-five thousand girls employed in factories.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
That very week, Samuel got a place in Mr. Mason's factory.
"The Peddler's Boy" by Francis C. Woodworth
Your church is the factory, your religion working in straw, and your God is your sovereign master Schwefel.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
These facts are established by answer to inquiries made by Miss Jackson, factory inspector of Wisconsin.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher

In poetry:

Hark to the song of the shuttle and loom,
Keep up your commerce or crawl to your tomb
Study new methods and open new lines,
Quicken your factories, foundries and mines,
"Merchandise" by J Milton Hayes
Have mercy upon us!
A bitter time has come
to the banks of sweet rivers,
two years the factories have stood empty
and children learn the language of hunger
at their mothers’ knees.
"The Year 1934" by Jaroslav Seifert
I've been at Philadelfy's show
An' other similar fusses,
An' seen a mighty sight of stone,
Minarveys and Venusses;
An' Sikeys clad in flowers an' wings,
But not much show of factory things.
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The factory wheels—too oft the wheels of life—
Stand still; and pining wants and woes are rife;
On the cold hearth, and by the naked bed,
Gaunt misery cowering sits—half-warmed, half-fed.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
And some such there be in all stations and ranks
For whom their glad husbands give Providence and thanks,—
The Queen of three kingdoms and factory-Jane
Make Edens of Windsor and Lilliput Lane!
"The Workman's Wife: (A Ballad," by Martin Farquhar Tupper
It's the weather within, Karl. Repair to the factory, and sun yourself in the bright
eyes of Sophia Mansfield! That will warm you, especially if Count Laniska happens to
be by to stir up the fire of your jealousy--eh?
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris

In news:

Emily Zoladz MLive.com The old factory that once produced woodworking machines for Oliver Machinery Co. Now, Oliver Rods, an offshoot of the original company, makes parts for racing engines.
Here's the thing about contemporary rapid prototyping tools — while they're rapid compared to sending your designs off to a factory, they still aren't all that rapid.
JCB opens $100 million factory in Brazil.
Japanese robots are advancing out of the factory and into the home.
One of the weapons used when attacking the beef industry is the term "factory farming," used to paint a picture of animal suffering, excessive antibiotic and hormone use, food safety concerns and environmental damage.
Comedian Ian Edwards headlines the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana through Sunday.
These brackets were labeled for driver and passenger side and for the specific model and year and have as much travel front to back as the factory brackets.
President Barack Obama takes his election-year economic message to the Midwestern heartland on Wednesday, touring a Wisconsin padlock factory and stressing the potential of "insourcing" jobs back to the United States from overseas.
The next step was to remove the factory steering coupler that will later be replaced by a Heim joint that Bulletproof included in the lift kit.
If we're the future, why do 'factory schools' crank out robots.
"It's a comedy factory," says Harold Ramis, a former cast member turned director-writer-actor-producer.
Brian Finstad sought retraining after being laid off from his factory job, only to find himself back where he started.
(Photo courtesy Silver Sands Factory Stores).
The Silver Sands Factory Stores will get another big addition on April 20, when Columbia Sportswear is scheduled to open its doors.
Factory cut-away model good for teaching or display.

In science:

The factory authorizes the request and, on success, creates dynamic session service and a local protection environment corresponding to it.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
As is well known, such a factorial growth of the number of diagrams signals a breakdown of the perturbation theory.
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
We note that the natural continuation of factorials to noninteger values is via the Gamma function , viz. n! = Γ(n + 1).
Diagonalization of replicated transfer matrices for disordered Ising spin systems
We are left only with the case ℓ = 0, for which the above factorial terms would be equal to one.
Diagonalization of replicated transfer matrices for disordered Ising spin systems
Note that in the definition of cps-factorial, there is not a single place left where a value is returned; furthermore, execution order is totally specified now.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
We will see in what follows that this definition of ! reduces to the standard definition of factorial for the harmonic oscillator case.
Construction of coherent states for physical algebraic systems
Understanding of low redshift SN, which functions both to limit systematics and essentially calibrate M (and hence reduce degeneracies with other parameters), is a goal of the Nearby Supernova Factory pro ject now underway .
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
In a wider scope, we have established a formalism describing a general sequential quantum factory, where the source is able to perform arbitrary unitary source-qudit operations before each qudit leaves.
Sequential generation of entangled multi-qubit states
The Nearby Supernova Factory Pilot Sample . .
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Please see Appendix A for a conference proceedings article (Wood-Vasey et al. 2004a) that provides a brief summary of the Nearby Supernova Factory mission and the results from the prototype supernova search.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
In contrast, the large-sky survey of the Nearby Supernova Factory (SNfactory; see Part.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The Nearby Supernova Factory pilot search presents a well-studied and well-understood large-area (∼ 20, 000⊓⊔◦ ) survey of the nearby Universe (z ∼< 0.1).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The Nearby Supernova Factory is poised to change the way we look at Type Ia supernovae.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The Nearby Supernova Factory (SNfactory) project is designed to bring this improved understanding of SNe Ia (Aldering et al. 2002a; P ´eco ntal et al. 2003; Lantz 2003).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The Nearby Supernova Factory search pipeline is operational and has proven the 3 of the supernovae discovability to discover ∼ 12 SNe/month ⇒ ∼150 SNe/year.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae