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  • A place where manufacturing takes place.
  • A building within which manufacturing takes place.
  • A device which produces or manufactures something.
  • (Computer programming) A portion of a computer program which creates a programming language object.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Fac"to*ry (?), n.; pl. Factories (-r&?;z). [Cf. F. factorerie.] 1. A house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers. "The Company's factory at Madras." Burke.

2. The body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory. W. Guthrie.

3. A building, or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares, or utensils; a manufactory; as, a cotton factory.

Factory leg(Med.), a variety of bandy leg, associated with partial dislocation of the tibia, produced in young children by working in factories.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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