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

n a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing

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
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industrial plant, plant, works
buildings for carrying on industrial labor

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