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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. 2017.
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  • If they are to be converted to uses for which excavation is desirable, this is another item for the adding machine.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • "I use an adding machine," she half whispered, and it made me chuckle.

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

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

    Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter
  • The new device, the adding machine, has greatly lessened office drudgery.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
  • He is also the inventor and patentee of the Lindholm & Peterson adding machine.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • There was an adding machine, two sets of files, several large cabinets with steel doors, and a desk with a typewriter on it.

  • 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.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • Having installed an adding machine, our office work could be done in half the time.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
British Dictionary definitions for adding machine

adding machine

a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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