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 automaton
“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind|Michael Weiss|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite how he might come across in the history books, he wasn't some bland, rule-following "high-integrity" automaton.
But it did suggest that Rubio was more than a Reaganite automaton.
Robert Keable urging the Automaton called Citizen to turn on his oppressor.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
Above, she knew was the terrible Automaton and his bloodthirsty emissary.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
The automaton departed, glancing from side to side and chewing diligently.Gordon Keith|Thomas Nelson Page
What men saw facing them from the Bench was an automaton wound up to do so much work each day.Dark Hollow|Anna Katherine Green
The front part of the closet is entirely filled with the wheels that are thought to move the automaton.
British Dictionary definitions for automaton
noun plural -tons or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for automaton
Word Origin and History 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.)).