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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM automaton

au·tom·a·tous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of automaton

automatous, adjective

Word Origin for automaton

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