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automaton

[ aw-tom-uh-ton, -tn ]
/ 蓴藞t蓲m 蓹藢t蓲n, -tn /
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noun, plural au路tom路a路tons, au路tom路a路ta [aw-tom-uh-tuh]. /蓴藞t蓲m 蓹 t蓹/.
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.
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Origin of automaton

1605鈥15; <Latin: automatic device <Greek, noun use of neuter of aut贸matos spontaneous, acting without human agency, equivalent to auto-auto-1 + -matos, adj. derivative from base of memon茅nai to intend, m茅nos might, force

OTHER WORDS FROM automaton

au路tom路a路tous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for automaton

automaton
/ (蓴藧藞t蓲m蓹藢t蓲n, -tn) /

noun plural -tons or -ta (-t蓹)
a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life

Derived forms of automaton

automatous, adjective

Word Origin for automaton

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