A factory is a big building in which products are made, like Willie Wonka's fictional Chocolate Factory, which was famous for producing (among other sweets and treats) the one-of-a-kind Everlasting Gobstopper.

Early relatives of the word factory were in use as far back as the 1500s, long before the Industrial Revolution made the modern idea of a factory a reality. Of course, a big building with many different types of machinery inside it isn't the only definition of a factory. A successful pop group that scores several number one songs in a row could be called "a hit factory."

Definitions of factory
  1. noun
    a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
    synonyms: manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill
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    assembly plant
    a factory where manufactured parts are assembled into a finished product
    auto factory, automobile factory, car factory
    a factory where automobiles are manufactured
    a factory where food is canned
    chemical plant
    an industrial plant where chemicals are produced
    foundry, metalworks
    factory where metal castings are produced
    lumbermill, sawmill
    a mill for dressing logs and lumber
    paper mill
    a mill where paper is manufactured
    stamp mill, stamping mill
    a mill in which ore is crushed with stamps
    steel factory, steel mill, steel plant, steelworks
    a factory where steel is made
    factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry
    textile mill
    a factory for making textiles
    armory, armoury, arsenal
    a place where arms are manufactured
    battery, stamp battery
    a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
    bell foundry
    a foundry where bells are cast
    cotton mill
    a textile mill for making cotton textiles
    iron foundry
    a foundry where cast iron is produced
    an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border); parts are shipped into Mexico and the finished product is shipped back across the border
    quartz battery, quartz mill
    a stamp mill for stamping quartz
    rolling mill
    steel mill where metal is rolled into sheets and bars
    type of:
    industrial plant, plant, works
    buildings for carrying on industrial labor
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