Phrases with "machinery"

George Meredith She was of his mind, in regard to the rough machinery of Freedom. Skepsey entered the box. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

D. H. Lawrence New machinery was brought from America, such as the miners had never seen before, great iron men, as the cutting machines were called, and unusual appliances. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The machinery of the law was put in action; and the village was kept in a fever of excitement for days together. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

All the Governmental machinery had stopped functioning. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Olaf Stapledon Henceforth China, not Japan, was the economic master of the East. Japan’s feverishly accumulated machinery fell out of use, and its human adjuncts were starved. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Mrs Nixon had grown less reliable than formerly as an alarm clock; machinery was now supplanting her. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Olive Schreiner The material conditions of life have been rapidly modified, and the man has not been modified with them; machinery has largely filled his place in his old field of labour, and he has found no new one. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Olaf Stapledon The factories for the making of sub-atomic machinery were all destroyed, and most of the generators themselves. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence They don’t like these new fangled mines, such a depth, and all machinery to work them. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anna Katherine Green So he took his old seat again and for another half-hour listened to the thump of machinery and the squeak of a rusty elevator-brake which almost robbed him of thought. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arnold Bennett Nobody else seemed to perceive that this business of domesticity was not life itself, was at best the clumsy external machinery of life. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Edward Bellamy The key-note of the literature of the period was one of compassion for the poor and unfortunate, and indignant outcry against the failure of the social machinery to ameliorate the miseries of men. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

George Gissing Richard was a mechanical engineer, employed in certain ironworks where hydraulic machinery was made. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

That something was machinery and a vague energetic disposition to improve material things. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

It should contain specimens of what every country could produce in raw materials, in machinery and mechanical inventions, in manufactures, and in the applied and plastic arts. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

William Morris That machinery of life for the use of people who didn’t know what they wanted of it, and which was known at the time as State Socialism, was partly put in motion, though in a very piecemeal way. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

H. G. Wells Last year many people had to live in rooms below the freezing point; the water-pipes froze up, the sanitary machinery ceased to work. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Charles Kingsley Those who do so know little of the charming machinery of local governments. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

He shows no interest either in the details of machinery or in the things machinery can do. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope Grease to the wheels, plentiful grease to the wheels, is needed in all machinery; but I know of no machinery in which everrunning grease is so necessary as in the machinery of hunting. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Charlotte Perkins Gilman But then, of course, one could not have machinery like this in one brief family. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Leon Trotsky Ignat spent the whole day after his return in the machine-shop, telling the men about the city and about the work, conditions, machinery and wages he had found there. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Catherine Helen Spence We have every sort of labor-saving machinery that ingenuity can devise, or money can pay for, because the human instrument is far more costly than it ever was. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

William Black The machinery by which all this is brought about is, in the Vicar of Wakefield, the weak part of the story. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

John Stuart Mill Now this most indispensable of all necessaries, after physical nutriment, cannot be had, unless the machinery for providing it is kept unintermittedly in active play. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Nathaniel Hawthorne Have you been hanged, or not?” If the riddle be not already guessed, a few words will explain the simple machinery by which this “coming event” was made to cast its “shadow before. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The machinery recommenced to throb, and the passengers who had finished lunch went upon deck. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Wilkie Collins The same secret machinery enabled me to regulate Mr. Sherwin’s incomings and outgoings, just as I chose, when Margaret and I were together in the evening. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

It was a slow and regular beat, as of a sledge-hammer in a distant forge, or some sort of machinery only audible when there was absolutely nothing else to be heard. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Rudyard Kipling The crazy building was quivering with the machinery on its floors, and a glittering bank of tin scraps twenty feet high showed where the waste was thrown after the cans had been punched. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells It was as if all the water-pipes and concealed machinery and cables of the ways beneath, were beating — as pulses beat. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Catherine Helen Spence We respect them, and save them by machinery from much disagreeable labor. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence The machinery costs a good deal less than it did; the interest on capital is lower; the market is steady, and ——” “People pay more for the calico and muslin,” I interrupted. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

The machinery is now prepared; all that remains is to fit the various parts together. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

John Hill Burton In the other he applied new names to the new machinery which, in his own constructional projects of legislation, he proposed to erect. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Olaf Stapledon For machinery might bring profit to the owners; bread would not. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence They were a new sort of machinery to him — but incalculable, incalculable. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

What has been done with the agricultural machinery and with the farm-animals? 3. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Charles Dickens When colour would have come into another cheek, a hardly discernible beat would come into his, as if the machinery for bringing up the ardent blood were there, but the machinery were dry. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Olaf Stapledon He must also reconstruct in himself the unconscious obsession with matter, or rather with the control of matter by machinery and chemical manipulation. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Public meetings must be called at once, and within three or four days at most a new and easy running machinery should be at the service of the regular police. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Steam, trade, machinery had long banished from it all romance and seclusion. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

H. G. Wells But machinery abolishes mere toil altogether. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Jules Verne A moment later, we heard some machinery moving very softly. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

G. K. Chesterton In after-years we may have perhaps a newer and more daring Arts and Crafts Exhibition. In it we shall not decorate the armour of the twelfth century, but the machinery of the twentieth. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jules Verne It was divided into two parts; the first contained the materials for producing electricity, and the second the machinery that connected it with the screw. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We invented it ourselves and we have sunk all our capital, buying a few oddments of machinery and manufacturing as many as we dared. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The miserable riot had taken him unawares, so far as anything ever took him unawares, and it was like a handful of grit thrown into the machinery of his plans. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins After some little difficulty the Sub-prefect succeeded in putting the machinery together, and, leaving his men to work it, descended with me to the bedroom. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Arnold Bennett At a later period it was discovered that hydraulic machinery could perform this operation more easily and more effectually than the brawny arms of a man of seven. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Willa Cather At night and on Sundays, when the quiver of machinery underneath was still, it was the quietest place in the world, and on summer nights all the sea winds blew in. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Already Frederick had paid up; and the sum he had paid was just enough to buy the machinery for the windmill. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

G. K. Chesterton The State, in all lands and ages, has created a machinery of punishment, more bloody and brutal in some places than others, but bloody and brutal everywhere. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Rudyard Kipling It was the machinery adjusting itself, on the spur of the moment, to a hundred altered conditions. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Rudyard Kipling He had been third officer of a sort on a Geordie tramp — one of those lumbering, dish-bottomed coal-barges where the machinery is tied up with a string and the plates are rivetted with putty. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The hind lived in a cottage at the other extremity of the farm; and Paul had erected new buildings, with engine-houses and complicated machinery for pumping the water off the low-lying lands. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells But instead of a milking stool imagine it a great body of machinery on a tripod stand. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Isabella Bird Saw-mills, grist-mills, and woollen-mills start up in every direction, in addition to tool and machinery factories, iron-foundries, asheries, and tanneries. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

And this exquisite machinery is applied in exactly the same ways, — sometimes for utility, and sometimes for simple enjoyment. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Wilkie Collins It is not my business to re-adjust the commercial machinery of theatres; I don’t sit in the treasury, and handle the strings of the moneybags. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Andrew Lang Ruskin had only just begun to write, and woodcarving by machinery was still deemed an enterprise at once philanthropic and aesthetic. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Edward Bellamy We should have thought that no arrangement could be worse than to entrust the politicians with control of the wealth-producing machinery of the country. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Olaf Stapledon So far as could be inferred from the fragmentary relics of the previous cycle, mechanical invention had never passed beyond the crude machinery known in our own mid-nineteenth century. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Edwin’s brain throbbed and shook like an engine-house in which the machinery was his violent thoughts. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Just to keep enough grip to run the machinery of the day: and beyond that, to let yourself drift, not to think or strain or make any effort to consciousness whatsoever. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London In the meantime we would be doing our own work, largely unhampered, and gaining control of all the machinery of society. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Olaf Stapledon Mass-productive machinery could less easily be worked at a profit. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

William Godwin Great ingenuity and contrivance were no doubt required to uphold the credit of the oracle; and no less boldness and self-collectedness on the part of those by whom the machinery was conducted. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

I can’t put in motion all the elaborate machinery at our command at the request of a private individual. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins They’re made of machinery now. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

When you reflect on the vast and intricate machinery employed by mothers with grown-up daughters, you may imagine what I saw. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Algernon Blackwood But that laugh started the machinery of the group of waxwork figures with the wax-white skins. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Anthony Trollope The machinery of the President’s government cannot be made to work after this fashion. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Suddenly a loud voice shouted — it seemed from a piece of machinery in the corner — “At once — at once. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

M. P. Shiel We, too, indeed, shall have to show that the miracles are none, but, then, we shall also show that they were no machinery of churchmen. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Anthony Trollope As for your disinheriting him, and spending all your money on machinery to roast pigs, — I say you can’t do it. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

It is a serious matter to shoot a working elephant — it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery — and obviously one ought not to do it if it can possibly be avoided. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson After the league of the lions, let us have a conspiracy of mice, and pull this piece of machinery to ground. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Leon Trotsky The trade-union of railway men was closely bound to the administrative machinery of the department. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton The material facilities of the life about him, the way in which the machinery of the great empty house ran on like some complex apparatus working in the void, increased the exasperation of his nerves. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Owing to the extensive use of machinery and to division of labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and consequently, all charm for the workman. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

It wanted, however, as yet, the principle of its vitality, in wanting the machinery of sylphs and gnomes, with which addition it was first published in 1714. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

Wilkie Collins Strange! that the capricious rule of chance should sway the action of our faculties that a trifle should set in motion the whole complicated machinery of their exercise, and a trifle suspend it. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They have the most perfect machinery for carrying out our schemes that it is possible to imagine. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry James She was real, decidedly, from other causes, and Mr. Verver grew in time even a little amused at the amount of machinery Mrs. Assingham had seemed to see needed for pointing it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Willa Cather The machinery itself was still pounding on. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

H. G. Wells Our Fundamental Law is ensuring his permanent immunity from violent termination by explosives, machinery and insane hatreds and intolerances. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Rudyard Kipling He is the lubricant of the great machinery of the Company whose ways and works cannot be dealt with in a single scrawl. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In making these the most approved excavating machinery could be employed. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Robert Louis Stevenson There will be now a logical nexus between the moral expressed and the machinery employed to express it. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells It was warped by bad habits, cumbered with a tangle of unsound associations, clogged with unresolved complexes; it was like a fine piece of machinery in a state of dirt and neglect. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The machinery of his plan had run with flattering smoothness until now. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Henry James Not to read them would be to do them an injustice (to read them is essentially to relish them), but to bring the machinery of criticism to bear upon them would be to do them a still greater wrong. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Olaf Stapledon In so far as manufacture is a routine process, it is performed by machinery which needs no human influence but the pressing of a button. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London I pointed out that modern man’s producing power through social organization and the use of machinery was a thousand times greater than that of the cave-man. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell There will come times of great changes in the occupation of thousands, when improvements in manufactures and machinery are made. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins The fantastic and frightful apparition, man and machinery blended in one — the new Centaur, half man, half chairflew by me again in the dying light. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Louisa May Alcott She smiled, said nothing, and with Hannah’s help did their neglected work, keeping home pleasant and the domestic machinery running smoothly. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. G. Wells There were extraordinary faults and inconsistencies in the teaching machinery that had got hold of me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith But your own machinery must be sound, or you can’t look after that of the theatre. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Rudyard Kipling I HAVE been watching machinery in repose after reading about machinery in action. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells As the fan swept round, a dim turmoil like the noise of machinery came in rhythmic eddies. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Rudyard Kipling The crazy building was quivering with the machinery on its floors, and a glittering bank of tin-scraps twenty feet high showed where the waste was thrown after the cans had been punched. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James When once the machinery is complete, there will be a great rehearsal. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

The horse is in many ways a remarkable animal; not least so in the fact that it presents us with an example of one of the most perfect pieces of machinery in the living world. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Olaf Stapledon Immediately beneath it hung the photosynthesis stations and the machinery for generating power from solar radiation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling The young veterans drove the shifts ten hours a day; the versatile but demoralised machinery was displaced by sterner stuff; and their third year’s profits ran into five figures. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope He passed his time in care and caution; he spared no pains in seeing that the whole machinery was right; he was indefatigable in deliberation, diligent in manoeuvring, constant in attention. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather The machinery was always pounding away in this man, and Wilson preferred companions of a more reflective habit of mind. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Anthony Trollope Any attempt to remove a gamekeeper or a gardener would evidently throw the whole machinery of Aylmer Park out of gear. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky The machinery of state was just beginning to take shape. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon Part of this outer shell was occupied by astronomical observatories, machinery for controlling the planet’s orbit, and great “docks” for interplanetary liners. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling Now nobody wants to undervalue machinery, but surely, Gentlemen, guns and machinery and armour are only ironmongery after all. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Jack London The machinery of society was in the hands of those who were bent on breaking him. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells I lay in my customary glider position, horizontal and face downward, and the invisibility of all the machinery gave an extraordinary effect of independent levitation. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope I myself had gone most closely into the question of expense, and had found that by the use of machinery the college could almost be made self-supporting. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky I must admit that even to-day the secret machinery of our arrest and our release is not clear to me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The majority of the peasants will not be with you, for you cannot give them the machinery they need. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Jules Verne Of the piles and accumulators and the machinery that drove the ship nothing was damaged. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

I wish I could say more in detail of this singular conductor of the vril fluid, but its machinery is as exquisite as its effects are marvellous. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

The idea of introducing the phonograph to South America was Henry’s; but I took to it freely, being fond of machinery of all kinds. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

George Meredith In DRINK we have Old England’s organic Epic; Greeks and Trojans; Parliamentary Olympus, ennobled brewers, nasal fanatics, all the machinery to hand. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells From the very cessation of the fighting in 1918 and onward it was manifest that this machinery was seriously out of gear. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy A thorough renovation of the bell-ringing machinery and accessories had taken place in anticipation of an interesting event. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

D. H. Lawrence He installed another plant of machinery — acetylene or some such contrivance — which was intended to drive all the little machines from one big belt. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon We must be careful not to suppose that a need, or disposition, or behaviour-tendency, is a hidden bit of machinery which compels the organism to behave in a specific way. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy It begins with X, and who, without the machinery of a clock in’s inside, can speak that? But here ’tis — from his letters. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Ralph Waldo Emerson The machinery has proved, like the balloon, unmanageable, and flies away with the aeronaut. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

His machinery operated far away. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Sinclair Lewis There were blue prints to be seen on the walls, but they might indicate architecture, machinery — anything. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen The whole of this elaborate machinery was devised in order that Pope might avoid the ridicule of publishing his own correspondence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Jules Verne The steadily moving machinery became noisy and irregular. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

William Black Despite all the machinery of Mr. Jenkinson’s schemes, who could doubt it? Again and again there are recurrent strokes of such vividness and naturalness that we yield altogether to the necromancer. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Rudyard Kipling It was made up in Town, where there is nothing but machinery and asphalt and building — all shut in by the fog. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edward Bellamy After breakfast, Dr. Leete suggested taking me to inspect the central warehouse and observe actually in operation the machinery of distribution, which Edith had described to me. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

D. H. Lawrence I think Leslie is not very popular among them, he is such an advocate of machinery which will do the work of men. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The day would come when machinery would destroy the skilled worker. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf The machinery which he had perfected and controlled was now about to turn out its bi-monthly product, a committee meeting; and his pride in the perfect structure of these assemblies was great. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

It had not been found by a strong-minded person who would go straight to Henrietta with it as soon as she smelt a rat, and so set the machinery of man-made Law in motion. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile by machinery and chemical synthesis innumerable materials and utensils are manufactured for comfort, luxury or power. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Their minds instead of being lumbering machinery requiring much force and preparation to put in motion, are set upon the daintiest and most delicate wheels. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Therefore, as the sum and crown of what is to be done for technical education, I look to the provision of a machinery for winnowing out the capacities and giving them scope. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Theodore Dreiser Among them was this same Stener — a minute cog in the silent machinery of their affairs. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It was a very large wrench thrown into the machinery that had begun to run so smoothly. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Robert Louis Stevenson The machinery has behaved admirably. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Look at the new machinery they’re introducing everywhere. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne I examined it with great interest, in order to understand the machinery of the Nautilus. “You see,” said the Captain, “I use Bunsen’s contrivances, not Ruhmkorff’s. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Rudyard Kipling Then the noise of machinery falling down — like fire-irons — and then two most awful yells. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He went over all the machinery carefully. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

We’ll have the machinery yet, Joseph. You never heard of Bruce, perhaps?’ ‘And th’ arrand (spider)? Yes, but I hev. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The boiler was in the fore-end, and the machinery right astern. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

E. F. Benson That little draught which relieved him of physical pain had brought him these astounding joys; it had made the whole machinery of the universe to serve his vision. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

G. K. Chesterton Turnbull was not long in discovering this truth in connexion with the cold and colossal machinery of this great asylum. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gilfillan He gave him a hint of his intention to introduce the machinery into “The Rape of the Lock.” Of this, Addison disapproved, and said it was a delicious little thing already — merum sal. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

I could trace no such man among the prosperous classes of Paris, and my machinery for tracking any individual in the wilderness of this great city had hitherto proved almost infallible. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Meredith A thing has come to pass which we feel to be right! The machinery of the world, then, is not entirely dislocated: there is harmony, on one point, among the mysterious powers who have to do with us. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Yet, wedded as they seem to be to the logical machinery and technical apparatus of absolutism, I cannot but believe that their fidelity to the religious ideal in general is deeper still. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sinclair Lewis You know — read papers about how to get money out of a machinery dealer when he ain’t got any money. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Paine The machinery of the body seems too little for the mind, and we look about for helps to show our thoughts by. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Thereupon, steam and machinery revolutionised industrial production. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The London police, who had pretended to be so hopeful at first, began to despair in a visible manner, having put all their machinery into play, and failed to obtain even the most insignificant result. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The machinery was at rest, the mill shut up. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Rudyard Kipling The machinery was dragging him up and down the sunlit platform. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Algernon Blackwood But the sudden change of focus instantly destroyed the picture; and so vehement was the fall from glory into meanness, that it dislocated the machinery of clairvoyant vision. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

It only shows that everything in this world is produced by machinery — by organization. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope The machinery of her hoops is not battered, and altogether she is a personage much more distinguished in all her expenditures. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Morris I believe, as a matter of fact, that some time ago (I can’t give you a date) some elaborate machinery was used for the locks, though people did not go so far as try to make the water run up hill. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

The great sail bellied out horizontally, as though it would lift up the main stay; the blocks rattled and flew about; but the force of machinery was too much for her. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

There was nothing to be seen but a broad stretch of tracks, and beyond this the shadowed outlines of wagons and machinery in a yard, with a background of factory buildings. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Hill Burton The impediments thrown in the way of the acquisition of the reward, by the costly and cumbrous machinery of the Patent laws, is much deplored. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Jules Verne The similar parallel in northern Europe runs through Edinburgh. The thermometer kept steadily below freezing, so that the machinery was called upon to furnish a little artificial heat in the cabins. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

H. G. Wells It has never quite lost its strangeness for me that when the Change came, machinery went on working. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells A war that affected nearly the whole planet dislocated its flimsy financial system and most of its economic machinery beyond any possibility of repair. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Nowadays, if an object claims from us a reaction of the kind habitually accorded only to the opposite class of objects, our mental machinery refuses to run smoothly. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins As the Journal proceeds, you will see how dexterously he works the machinery which his letter has set in motion. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jack London Then he traced the development of machinery and social organization so that to-day the producing power of civilized man was a thousand times greater than that of the savage. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

This letter was intended to be shown to Cortes. But it was superfluous to put in motion all this complicated machinery to effect a measure on which Cortes was himself resolved. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells The air was full of the throb and hum of machinery pumping air down the shaft. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Victor Hugo A lighthouse of the nineteenth century is a high cylinder of masonry, surmounted by scientifically constructed machinery for throwing light. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This too is the reaction of machinery, but of the larger machinery of commerce. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell Every improvement of machinery is, I believe, to be seen there, in its highest perfection. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Leon Trotsky Gradually, more or less efficient machinery for a centralized supply service for the front and the armies was established. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells The machinery has all the complicated clumsiness characteristic of twentieth-century mechanism. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Galsworthy Tradition is extraordinarily strong, and in this country there’s a lot of machinery to keep it alive. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

He needed a machinery for displaying his insight into both sides of a public quarrel, and his colourless heroes gave him the instrument he needed. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

We used to introduce a bit of machinery in the mill, every now and then, that threw out a dozen or a hundred people; but we couldn’t stop for that. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Willa Cather The emptiness was intense, like the stillness in a great factory when the machinery stops and the belts and bands cease running. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle First of all, what am I here for, anyhow?’ ‘In case the machinery goes wrong,’ I hazarded. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Rudyard Kipling I staggered out-of-doors again, and fell into the car, whose ever-running machinery masked my yelps and hiccups. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry Adams The Civil War had made a new system in fact; the country would have to reorganize the machinery in practice and theory. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Moralized legends, spiritual allegories such as Hawthorne wrote with consummate art, have continued to the present and form a contrast to the crude machinery of Gothic horrors. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

When the young die and the old live, nature’s machinery is working with the friction that we name grief. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

The remorseless vengeance of the law, brought down upon its victim by a machinery as sure as destiny, is arrested in its fall at a word which reveals her transient claim for mercy. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Algernon Blackwood New powers of unknown kinds, as already in those rare cases when the supernormal forces emerged, could only strain the machinery and cause disorder. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Olaf Stapledon Full use was to be made of machinery while ensuring that machinery should not dominate. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

I had begun to have an indescribable loathing of the whole machinery of so-called justice. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

William Morris But why is he the slave to machinery? Because he is the slave to the system for whose existence the invention of machinery was necessary. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Walter Scott Besides, Sir Henry and Joceline must know every corner about the place: it will be far more difficult to play off any ghostly machinery upon him than upon strangers. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

H. G. Wells But I said to myself, “You are in for it now,” and, feeling my way along the tunnel, I found the noise of machinery grow louder. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Of all the machinery no single piece remained intact, and even the glass table was shattered into three pieces. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]