Machine meaning

mə-shēn
The definition of machine is relating to a mechanical device.

An example of a machine used as an adjective is the term "machine cut" which means cut by a mechanical instrument or tool.

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A simple, unpowered instrument, such as a lever, pulley, or inclined plane, that is used for performing some kind of work by transmitting or changing the direction of energy.
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An intricate natural system or organism, such as the human body.
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A system or device for doing work, as an automobile or jackhammer, together with its power source and auxiliary equipment.
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A person who acts in a rigid, mechanical, or unconscious manner.
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An organized group of people whose members are or appear to be under the control of one or more leaders.

A political machine.

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To make, shape, finish, etc. by machinery.
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A device that applies force, changes the direction of a force, or changes the strength of a force, in order to perform a task, generally involving work done on a load . Machines are often designed to yield a high mechanical advantage to reduce the effort needed to do that work. &diamf3; A simple machine is a wheel, a lever, or an inclined plane. All other machines can be built using combinations of these simple machines; for example, a drill uses a combination of gears (wheels) to drive helical inclined planes (the drill-bit) to split a material and carve a hole in it.
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A powered mechanical device, such as an automobile or drill press, that consists of a structure and various moving and unmoving parts and is for doing some kind of work.
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Made or done by machinery.
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Machine is defined as a mechanical device.

An example of a machine is an electric bread maker.

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An answering machine.

Leave a message on my machine if I'm not home.

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To cut, shape, or finish by machine.
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A device or apparatus, as in the ancient theater, for producing stage effects.
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Of or for a machine or machines.
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Standardized; stereotyped.
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An electronic device, such as a computer or facsimile machine, that can be thought of as operating on a mechanical basis. Such machines have automated many of the functions previously performed by humans. See also human.
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(archaic) A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
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(telephony, abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.

I called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.

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(computing) A computer.

Game developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.

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Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
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Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.

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To make by machinery.
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A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task.

The machine is down.

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Of, relating to, or felt to resemble a machine.

Machine repairs; machine politics.

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To be cut, shaped, or finished by machine.

This metal machines easily.

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(old-fashioned) A vehicle, as an automobile, bicycle, etc.
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(archaic) A literary device for dramatic effect, as a supernatural agent or force introduced into a poem.
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A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment.
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(now rare) A structure or built-up fabric of any kind.
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(mech.) A device, as a lever or pulley, that transmits, or changes the application of, energy.
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Any electronic or electromechanical unit of equipment. A machine is always hardware; however, "engine" may refer to hardware or software. See engine.The term can sound old fashioned or high-tech. For example, when an older generation is subjected to a new technology, a new device is often called a machine. In times past, even a microphone was called a machine. However, "machine language" is 21st century terminology, and "machine architecture," "machine tools" and other "machine" terminology is not at all antiquated.
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(figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.

Bruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons.

The government has become a money-making machine.

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To shape or finish by machinery.
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Origin of machine

  • French from Old French from Latin māchina from Greek mākhanā dialectal variant of mēkhanē magh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Middle French machine, from Latin machina (“a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick"), from Ancient Greek μαχανά (makhana), Doric spelling of μηχανή (mÄ“khanÄ“, “a machine, engine, contrivance, device").

    From Wiktionary