- automata theory,
- automated teller machine,
- automated-teller machine
noun, plural au·tom·a·tons, au·tom·a·ta [aw-tom-uh-tuh] /ɔˈtɒm ə tə/.
Origin of automaton
Examples from the Web for automata
The circumstances to which I allude date back to the Exposition of 1844, when I submitted my automata and mechanical curiosities.Memoirs of Robert-Houdin, ambassador, author and conjurer|Jean Henri Robert-Houdin
In the midst of everything, in the dusty glitter that poured down from the high roof, horses and men were moving like automata.Sacrifice|Stephen French Whitman
In the fourteenth and following centuries, automata, as I have said, were frequently made.
Dickens's famous characters are puppets, and the characters on the stage must be automata.The Son of a Servant|August Strindberg
There they stood, automata, representatives of the society which streamed past them.Democracy An American Novel|Henry Adams
noun plural -tons or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for automaton
1610s, from Latin automaton (Suetonius), from Greek automaton, neuter of automatos "self-acting," from autos "self" (see auto-) + matos "thinking, animated, willing," from PIE *mn-to-, from root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).