• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈfæktəɹi/, /ˈfæktɹi/
  • (British)

factory (plural factories)

  1. (obsolete) A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.
    Synonyms: fondaco, tradepost, trading post
  2. (now rare) The position or state of being a factor.
  3. A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.
    Synonyms: manufactory
  4. A device which produces or manufactures something.
  5. A factory farm.
    chicken factory; pig factory
  6. (programming) In a computer program or library, a function, method, etc. which creates an object.
    • 2010, Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, William Bartholomew, Inside the Microsoft Build Engine
      The task factory […] is the object that is responsible for creating instances of those tasks dynamically.
  7. (UK, slang) A police station.
    • 2010, Harry Keeble, ‎Kris Hollington, Crack House
      The guys all knew each other and we were having a jolly old chinwag as we marched them out of the house in front of their stunned neighbours and into a van we had called to take them all to the Factory (police station).
Translations Adjective

factory (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial, of a configuration, part, etc.) Having come from the factory in the state it is currently in; original, stock.
    See how there's another layer of metal there? That's not factory.

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