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Factories Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Factory \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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Factories'

A factory (previously manufactory) or manufacturing plant is an industrial building where laborers manufacture goods or supervise machines processing one product into another. Most modern factories have large warehouses or warehouse-like facilities that contain heavy equipment used for assembly line production. Typically, factories gather and concentrate resources: laborers, capital and plant.

Although large mills and workshops were established in ancient China, Rome and the Middle East, the Venice Arsenal provides one of the first examples of a factory in the modern sense of the word. Founded in 1104 in Venice, Republic of Venice, several hundred years before the Industrial Revolution, it mass-produced ships on assembly lines using manufactured parts. The Venice Arsenal apparently produced nearly one ship every day and, at its height, employed 16,000 people.

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