- a device that transmits or modifies force or motion.
- Also called sim·ple ma·chine . any of six or more elementary mechanisms, as the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge, and inclined plane.
- Also called com·plex ma·chine . a combination of simple machines.
- an automobile or airplane.
- a typewriter.
Origin of machine
OTHER WORDS FROM machinema·chine·less, adjectivean·ti·ma·chine, adjectiveun·ma·chined, adjective
How to use machine in a sentence
Your life is in the hands of the pilots together with the most complex machine ever devised for travel.The New Fear of Flying After MH370|Clive Irving|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 787 is the singlemost advanced and complex machine ever designed for everyday use by the public.Exclusive: The Dreamliner Could Be Flying Again Sooner Than You Think|Clive Irving|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An organism was no longer just an animal, it was a complex machine comprised of millions of parts.How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay|Kathleen Kingsbury|October 25, 2009|DAILY BEAST
An idea itself is an extremely simple thing, even if it be developed ultimately into a highly complex machine.Invention|Bradley A. Fiske
We grant that man is a very complex machine, a microcosm peopled with possibilities of which we can understand but little.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology|St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
The church to whose work he had joyfully given himself from his youth had grown to be a mighty and a highly complex machine.John Wesley, Jr.|Dan B. Brummitt
The plant is a complex machine for concentrating and storing energy and material from without.Disease in Plants|H. Marshall Ward
Can he be justly held accountable, if the huge and complex machine goes wrong in any part?On the State of Lunacy and the Legal Provision for the Insane|John T. Arlidge
British Dictionary definitions for machine
- (modifier) denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic
- (in combination)machine pistol; machine gun