The working parts of a machine, engine, or instrument;
as, the machinery of a watch.
The supernatural means by which the action of a poetic
or fictitious work is carried on and brought to a catastrophe; in an
extended sense, the contrivances by which the crises and conclusion of
a fictitious narrative, in prose or verse, are effected.
The means and appliances by which anything is kept in
action or a desired result is obtained; a complex system of parts
adapted to a purpose.