Definitions for: Assembly


[n] the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
[n] the social act of assembling; "they demanded the right of assembly"
[n] a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit
[n] a public facility to meet for open discussion
[n] a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose



Webster (1913) Definition: As*sem"bly, n.; pl. Assemblies. [F. assembl['e]e,
fr. assembler. See Assemble.]
1. A company of persons collected together in one place, and
usually for some common purpose, esp. for deliberation and
legislation, for worship, or for social entertainment.

2. A collection of inanimate objects. [Obs.] --Howell.

3. (Mil.) A beat of the drum or sound of the bugle as a
signal to troops to assemble.

Note: In some of the United States, the legislature, or the
popular branch of it, is called the Assembly, or the
General Assembly. In the Presbyterian Church, the
General Assembly is the highest ecclesiastical
tribunal, composed of ministers and ruling elders
delegated from each presbytery; as, the General
Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United
States, or of Scotland.



Assembly room, a room in which persons assemble, especially
for dancing.

Unlawful assembly (Law), a meeting of three or more persons
on a common plan, in such a way as to cause a reasonable
apprehension that they will disturb the peace
tumultuously.

Westminster Assembly, a convocation, consisting chiefly of
divines, which, by act of Parliament, assembled July 1,
1643, and remained in session some years. It framed the
``Confession of Faith,'' the ``Larger Catechism,'' and the
``Shorter Catechism,'' which are still received as
authority by Presbyterians, and are substantially accepted
by Congregationalists.

Syn: See Assemblage.

Synonyms: assemblage, fabrication, forum, gathering, meeting place

Antonyms: disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling

See Also: assemblage, Bench, building, calling together, chamber, chapter, coming together, concentration, congregating, congregation, construction, convening, convention, convocation, court, coven, facility, gathering, general assembly, group action, installation, judicature, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislature, machine, meeting, mobilisation, mobilization, sabbat, States General, sub-assembly, tribunal, weldment, witches' Sabbath

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