Automaton definitions

ô-tŏm'ə-tən, -tŏn'
The definition of an automaton is a self-propelled or self-powered machine.

An example of an automaton is a car that drives without a human driver.

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A self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot.
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One that behaves or responds in a mechanical way.
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Anything that can move or act of itself.
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An apparatus that automatically performs certain actions by responding to preset controls or encoded instructions.
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An electronic machine, control device, etc. equipped with a computer and designed to operate automatically in response to instructions previously fed into the computer.
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A person or animal acting in an automatic or mechanical way.
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A machine or robot designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.
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A person who acts like a machine or robot, often defined as having a monotonous lifestyle and lacking in emotion.

Due to her strict adherence to her daily schedule, Jessica was becoming more and more convinced that she was an automaton.

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. - Thomas Jefferson.

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A formal system, such as finite automaton.
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A toy in the form of a mechanical figure.
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Origin of automaton

Latin self-operating machine from Greek from neuter of automatos self-acting automatic