automata

[ aw-tom-uh-tuh ]
/ ɔˈtɒm ə tə /
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noun

a plural of automaton.

Nearby words

  1. automagical,
  2. automagically,
  3. automaker,
  4. automanipulation,
  5. automat,
  6. automata theory,
  7. automate,
  8. automated,
  9. automated teller machine,
  10. automated-teller machine

automaton

[ aw-tom-uh-ton, -tn ]
/ ɔˈtɒm əˌtɒn, -tn /

noun, plural au·tom·a·tons, au·tom·a·ta [aw-tom-uh-tuh] /ɔˈtɒm ə tə/.

a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.

Origin of automaton

1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, noun use of neuter of autómatos spontaneous, acting without human agency, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + -matos, adj. derivative from base of memonénai to intend, ménos might, force

Related formsau·tom·a·tous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for automata

automata

/ (ɔːˈtɒmətə) /

noun

a plural of automaton

automaton

/ (ɔːˈtɒməˌtɒn, -tən) /

noun plural -tons or -ta (-tə)

a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
Derived Formsautomatous, adjective

Word Origin for automaton

C17: from Latin, from Greek, from automatos spontaneous, self-moving

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Word Origin and History for automata

automaton

n.

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.)).

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