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adding machine

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  1. 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.
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Origin of adding machine

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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  • But I could hug you for wanting to be a man, not an adding-machine!

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

  • These he read off to Speyer, who in turn pressed the proper keys on the adding-machine––an endless, tedious, irritating task.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • To his marrow he was systematic; he was as definite as an adding-machine, as practical as a cash register.


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for adding machine

adding machine

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