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engine +‎ -ry


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛnd͡ʒɪnɹi/
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enginery (countable and uncountable, plural engineries)

  1. (archaic) Machinery made up of engines; instruments of war.
  2. (archaic) The act or art of managing engines, or artillery.
    • 1674, John Milton, “Book VI”, in Paradise Lost. [], 2nd edition, London: [] S[amuel] Simmons [], →OCLC, page 162:
      [B]ehold / Not diſtant far with heavie pace the Foe / Approaching groſs and huge; in hollow Cube / Training his deviliſh Enginrie, impal'd / On every ſide with ſhaddowing Squadrons Deep, / To hide the fraud.
  3. (archaic) Any device or contrivance; machinery; structure or arrangement.
    • a. 1763, William Shenstone, The Ruined Abbey:
      To play some image on the gaping crowd,
      Imbibe the novel daylight, and expose,
      Obvious, the fraudful enginery of Rome
    • 1834, Lydia Sigourney, Poems, Evening Thoughts, page 67:
      'Mid that hush of soul
      Music from viewless harps shall visit thee,
      Such as thou never heard'st amid the din
      Of earth's coarse enginery, by toil and care
      Urged on, without reprieve.