I have a few questions about the meaning and usage of the expression the + V-ing + of. Here's an example I found in M&W dictionary. In this case, it is used in defining the word "assemble".

the fitting together of manufactured parts into a complete machine, structure, or unit of a machine the assembly of an automobile

It appears to me that the gerund here refers to the process of assembling manufactured parts into a complete machine. Is my interpretation correct? Also, I'd like to know if it could be used in academic writing.


Yes, you interpreted correctly, and you can use similar construction in academic writing. The example you quoted seems to have a missing 'in' after the second 'machine'.

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