1. Noun.  The machines constituting a production apparatus, in a plant etc., collectively.
  2. Noun.  The working parts of a machine as a group.
  3. Noun.  The collective parts of something which allow it to function.
  4. Noun.  (figuratively) The literary devices used in a work, notably for dramatic effect.

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