Robot Definition

rōbŏt, -bət
robots
noun
robots
A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.
American Heritage
An anthropomorphic mechanical being, as in science fiction.
Webster's New World
Any mechanical device operated automatically, esp. by remote control, to perform repetitive or complex tasks, as in manufacturing.
Webster's New World
Any person who acts or works in a way regarded as mechanical and without originality.
Webster's New World
A form of urban dance involving a succession of separate movements executed with precision in imitation of a robot.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
golemautomatonmachinehumanoidandroidthinking machinemechanical manfrankensteinmechanical monstercyborg
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Other Word Forms of Robot

Noun

Singular:
robot
Plural:
robots

Origin of Robot

  • From Czech robot, from robota (“drudgery, servitude"). Coined in the 1921 science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel ÄŒapek after having been suggested to him by his brother Josef , and taken into the English translation without change.

    From Wiktionary

  • Czech from robota drudgery orbh- in Indo-European roots

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

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