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android

[an-droid]
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noun
  1. an automaton in the form of a human being.
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Origin of android

From the New Latin word androīdēs, dating back to 1720–30. See andr-, -oid
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  • The ninth android hobbled back to his chair and waited quietly.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • From the street, the tenth android saw Rhoda and Frank enter the elevator.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • When the man moved off down the street, the tenth android followed.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • King, after a moment's silence, said, "I've been thinking about that tenth android."

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • But about that android that's supposed to be walking around loose.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman


British Dictionary definitions for android

android

noun
  1. (in science fiction) a robot resembling a human being
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adjective
  1. resembling a human being
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Word Origin

C18: from Late Greek androeidēs manlike; see andro-, -oid

Android

noun
  1. trademark a software package for smartphones, including many application programs
  2. a smartphone that uses this software
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Word Origin and History for android

n.

"automaton resembling a human being," 1842, from Modern Latin androides (itself attested as a Latin word in English from 1727), from Greek andro- "human" (see andro-) + eides "form, shape." Greek androdes meant "like a man, manly;" cf. also Greek andrias "image of a man, statue." Listed as "rare" in OED 1st edition (1879), popularized from c.1951 by science fiction writers.

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android in Medicine

android

(ăndroid′)
adj.
  1. Possessing human features and form.
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