noun (plural -ries) Date: 1582 1. a station where factors reside and trade <
a colonial factory
2. a. a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing b. the seat of some kind of production <
the vice factories of the slums
factorylike adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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