from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or process (a raw material) into a finished product, especially by means of a large-scale industrial operation.
- transitive v. To make or process (a product), especially with the use of industrial machines.
- transitive v. To create, produce, or turn out in a mechanical manner: "His books seem to have been manufactured rather than composed” ( Dwight Macdonald).
- transitive v. To concoct or invent; fabricate: manufacture an excuse.
- intransitive v. To make or process goods, especially in large quantities and by means of industrial machines.
- n. The act, craft, or process of manufacturing products, especially on a large scale.
- n. An industry in which mechanical power and machinery are employed.
- n. A product that is manufactured.
- n. The making or producing of something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action or process of making goods systematically or on a large scale.
- n. Anything made, formed or produced; product.
- n. The process of such production; generation, creation.
- v. To make things, usually on a large scale, with tools and either physical labor or machinery.
- v. To create goods from raw material, e.g. in a factory.
- v. In a negative sense, to fabricate; to create false evidence to support a point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The operation of making wares or any products by hand, by machinery, or by other agency.
- n. Anything made from raw materials by the hand, by machinery, or by art, as cloths, iron utensils, shoes, machinery, saddlery, etc.
- transitive v. To make (wares or other products) by hand, by machinery, or by other agency
- transitive v. To work, as raw or partly wrought materials, into suitable forms for use.
- intransitive v. To be employed in manufacturing something.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The operation of making goods or wares of any kind; the production of articles for use from raw or prepared materials by giving to these materials new forms, qualities, properties, or combinations, whether by hand-labor or by machinery: used more especially of production in a large way by machinery or by many hands working coöperatively.
- n. Anything made for use from raw or prepared materials; collectively, manufactured articles; figuratively, anything formed or produced; a contrivance.
- n. A place or building in which manufacturing operations are carried on; a factory.
- To make or fabricate, as anything for use, especially in considerable quantities or numbers, or by the aid of many hands or of machinery; work materials into the form of: as, to manufacture cloth, pottery, or hardware; to manufacture clothing, boots and shoes, or cigars.
- Figuratively, to produce artificially; elaborate or get up by contrivance or special effort; hence, to make a show of; simulate: as, to manufacture words or phrases; a manufactured public opinion; manufactured grief or emotion.
- To use as material for manufacture; work up into form for use; make something from: as, to manufacture wool into cloth.
- To be occupied in manufactures; fabricate or elaborate something.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
- v. create or produce in a mechanical way
- v. put together out of artificial or natural components or parts
- n. the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
- v. make up something artificial or untrue
- v. produce naturally
From French, manufacture, from Old French, from Medieval Latin *manūfactūra : Latin manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin factūra, working of a metal, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French manufacture, from Old French, from Medieval Latin manūfactūra ("a making by hand"), from manufactus, a compound of manu factus, manū being ablative of manus ("hand"), and factus past participle of faciō ("I do, make"). (compare main, manual, facture.) (Wiktionary)