n. pl. as·sem·blies
a. The act of assembling.
b. The state of being assembled.
2. A group of persons gathered together for a common reason, as for a legislative, religious, educational, or social purpose.
3. Assembly The lower house of the legislature in certain US states.
a. The putting together of manufactured parts to make a completed product, such as a machine or electronic circuit.
b. A set of parts so assembled.
5. A signal by bugle or drum for troops to come together in formation.
6. Computers The automatic translation of symbolic code into machine code.
7. Computers An assembly language.
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