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Webster 1913 Edition


Manufacture

Manˊu-fac′ture

,
Noun.
[L.
manus
the hand +
factura
a making, fr.
facere
to make: cf. F.
manufacture
. See
Manual
, and
Fact
.]
1.
The operation of making wares or any products by hand, by machinery, or by other agency.
2.
Anything made from raw materials by the hand, by machinery, or by art, as cloths, iron utensils, shoes, machinery, saddlery, etc.

Manˊu-fac′ture

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Manufactured
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Manufacturing
.]
[Cf. F.
manufacturer
.]
1.
To make (wares or other products) by hand, by machinery, or by other agency;
as, to
manufacture
cloth, nails, glass, etc.
2.
To work, as raw or partly wrought materials, into suitable forms for use;
as, to
manufacture
wool, cotton, silk, or iron
.

Manˊu-fac′ture

,
Verb.
I.
To be employed in manufacturing something.

Webster 1828 Edition


Manufacture

MANUFAC'TURE

,
Noun.
[L. manus, hand, and facio, to make.]
1.
The operation of making cloth, wares, utensils, paper, books, and whatever is used by man; the operation of reducing raw materials of any kind into a form suitable for use, by the hands, by art or machinery.
2.
Any thing made from raw materials by the hand, by machinery, or by art; as cloths, iron utensils, shoes, cabinet work, sadlery, and the like.

MANUFAC'TURE

,
Verb.
T.
To make or fabricate from raw materials, by the hand, by art or machinery, and work into forms convenient for use; as, to manufacture cloth, nails, or glass.
1.
To work raw materials into suitable forms for use; as, to manufacture wool, cotton, silk or iron.

MANUFAC'TURE

,
Verb.
I.
To be occupied in manufactures.

Definition 2022


manufacture

manufacture

See also: manufacturé

English

Noun

manufacture (plural manufactures)

  1. The action or process of making goods systematically or on a large scale.
    • 2009 April 3, Olivia Feld, “New gum could mean sticky end for mess”, in CNN.com:
      After years of exporting the gum base to be used as an ingredient in the manufacture of regular chewing gum, the cooperative recently decided to start making its own gum using only chicle gum base and natural flavorings and sweeteners
  2. Anything made, formed or produced; product.
    • Jonathan Swift
      The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures.
  3. (figuratively) The process of such production; generation, creation.

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Verb

manufacture (third-person singular simple present manufactures, present participle manufacturing, simple past and past participle manufactured)

  1. To make things, usually on a large scale, with tools and either physical labor or machinery.
    • 2008 July 23, Michael Brooks, “Comment: It's time for the Vatican to accept IVF”, in New Scientist:
      Scientists are learning how to manufacture sperm and egg cells from other types of cell; others are developing "alternative" wombs
  2. (transitive) To work (raw or partly wrought materials) into suitable forms for use.
    to manufacture wool into blankets
  3. (derogatory) To fabricate; to create false evidence to support a point.
    • 2000 December 10, Daniel Zalewski, “The Misinformation Age”, in New York Times:
      Digital technology has made it so easy to manufacture lies that it's become difficult to separate fact from fiction.

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French

Etymology

From Latin manu factura "making by hand"; from manus "hand" + factura "making", from facere "make".

Noun

manufacture f (plural manufactures)

  1. factory

Middle French

Alternative forms

Etymology

Italian manufactura, from Medieval Latin manufactura.

Noun

manufacture f (plural manufactures)

  1. creation; manufacture

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Spanish

Verb

manufacture

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of manufacturar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of manufacturar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of manufacturar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of manufacturar.