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adding machine

a machine capable of adding numbers and sometimes capable of performing the other arithmetic functions of subtraction, multiplication, and division: such machines are now obsolescent, having been replaced in most applications by electronic calculators.
Origin of adding machine
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for adding machine
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  • "I use an adding machine," she half whispered, and it made me chuckle.

  • I simply had to learn music; and I learned it like the adding machine.

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  • He is also the inventor and patentee of the Lindholm & Peterson adding machine.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • I do better with an adding machine down on Wall Street than a typewriter.

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  • He held them behind him and his fingers fairly galloped as he used them for an adding machine.

  • All the latest banking machinery was in operation, including the coin separator and counter and wrapper, and the adding machine.

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  • I worked an imaginary account under colored direction, using the adding machine, and gave assent to its infallibility.

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  • The new device, the adding machine, has greatly lessened office drudgery.

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  • Having installed an adding machine, our office work could be done in half the time.

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  • One of the latest developments of the adding machine is a type that will post ledgers and statements.

British Dictionary definitions for adding machine

adding machine

a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
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