Definition of assembly in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsɛmbli/

noun (plural assemblies)

1A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose: an assembly of dockers and labourers
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  • They gather in a general assembly (in the auditorium) and declare their grievances against her.
  • Specialty assemblies gather for business meetings at least twice per year to discuss hot topics and issues relevant to their specialty.
  • At this news, those gathered at the assembly broke out in heated debate.
gathering, meeting, congregation, convention, rally, convocation, congress, council, synod, audience, assemblage, turnout, group, body, crowd, throng, company
informal get-together
1.1A group of people elected to make laws or decisions for a particular country or region: the 577-seat National Assembly the UN General Assembly
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  • A vote in favour will result in the region having an assembly elected by proportional representation consisting of between 25 and 30 members.
  • Six members of the legislative assembly are elected from each of the existing 18 Westminster parliamentary constituencies.
  • Last night deflated devolutionists were stressing that the question of how the Northern regions can improve their economies themselves without elected assemblies still needed to be answered.
2 [mass noun] The action of gathering together as a group for a common purpose: a decree guaranteeing freedom of assembly
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  • There are stirrings of something new when they rule in favor of those students who exercise freedoms of expression and assembly for religious purposes.
  • The police clearly have orders to break up even the smallest gathering despite the fact that freedom of expression and assembly are constitutionally guaranteed.
  • How do you clamp down on messy street protests without violating fundamental laws that guarantee freedom of assembly and prohibit political interference with policing?
2.1The regular gathering of the teachers and pupils of a school at the start or end of the day: he was told off for talking in assembly
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  • On the last day of term, parents of Year Five and Six children at Threshfield School were invited to the regular special assembly where the children present their review of the term's work.
  • Amelia and Isabella - wearing Pudsey ears - stood up in front of 150 other pupils in assembly at Mellor Primary and asked them to help raise money.
  • Meanwhile, news of the tragedy was relayed to pupils during morning assembly today at Bitterne Park School where the teenager had been a pupil since last year.
2.2 (usually the assembly) chiefly historical A signal for troops to assemble, given by drum or bugle.
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  • NATO troops surrounded the assembly to ensure a ‘peaceful transition’.
  • A big number of many-colored flares, both friendly and enemy, that were fired from the ground, as well as fires in drop areas, confused the assembly signals.
3 [mass noun, often as modifier] The action of fitting together the component parts of a machine or other object: a car assembly plant
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  • These Daimler dealers currently get their cars from assembly plants in the U.S.A., whose production capacity currently does not meet with demand for right hand drive cars.
  • Having standardized parts fabrication, Ford in 1910 opened a revolutionary car assembly plant in Highland Park, Michigan.
  • The workers accused management of keeping them guessing about their future with the troubled car assembly plant, which has only functioned sporadically over the past two years.
construction, building, fabrication, manufacture, erection, setting up, putting together, fitting together, piecing together, connection, joining
3.1 [count noun] A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together: the tail assembly of the aircraft
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  • Extended product design teams can compare components and assemblies and identify engineering changes authored using multiple CAD tools.
  • The plant produces sliding windows for pickup trucks, quarter windows with lights and lift gate assemblies at a volume of approximately 480,000 units per year.
  • This method involves identifying between 20 and 50 key components or assemblies in the product.
4 [mass noun, usually as modifier] Computing The conversion of instructions in low-level code to machine code.
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  • If you haven't seen RISC assembly code before, it may be strange to see so many operands on a single line.
  • Finding the length of a string in Pascal is one assembly instruction instead of a whole loop.
  • The last two columns represent assembly instructions.


Middle English: from Old French asemblee, feminine past participle of asembler (see assemble).

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