machine


machine
machine [mə shēn′]
n.
[Fr < L machina < Gr mēchanē, a machine, engine < mēchos, a contrivance < IE base * magh-, to be able, help > MAY1, MIGHT2]
1. Now Rare a structure or built-up fabric of any kind
2. Old-fashioned a vehicle, as an automobile, bicycle, etc.
3.
a) a structure consisting of a framework and various fixed and moving parts, for doing some kind of work; mechanism [a sewing machine]
b) any device thought of as functioning in such a way, as as electronic computer or a device for automatically answering telephone calls
4.
a) a person or organization regarded as acting like a machine, without thought or will
b) a complex organization coordinated to function in a smooth, effective way [the military machine ]
5.
a) the members of a political party or group who control policy and confer patronage
b) the party organization generally
6. a device or apparatus, as in the ancient theater, for producing stage effects
7. Archaic a literary device for dramatic effect, as a supernatural agent or force introduced into a poem
8. Mech. a device, as a lever or pulley, that transmits, or changes the application of, energy
adj.
1. of or for a machine or machines
2. made or done by machinery
3. standardized; stereotyped
vt.
machined, machining
to make, shape, finish, etc. by machinery
machinable
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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