- a device that transmits or modifies force or motion.
- Also called simple machine.any of six or more elementary mechanisms, as the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge, and inclined plane.
- Also called complex machine.a combination of simple machines.
- an automobile or airplane.
- a typewriter.
verb (used with object), ma·chined, ma·chin·ing.
Origin of machine
Related Words for machineengine, apparatus, automobile, tool, appliance, instrument, motor, vehicle, gadget, system, structure, machinery, contraption, widget, robot, mechanism, computer, contrivance, implement, thingamabob
Examples from the Web for machine
Contemporary Examples of machine
The billionaire philanthropist tastes the product of a machine that processes human sewage into drinking water and electricity.Bill Gates Drinks Sewer Water
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 7, 2015
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Check: “This atom smashing business is going to herald the final victory of the machine.”Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
The player starts out with a fleet of three or four ships (depending on the machine), which he operates one at a time.
The machine, Rains said, would record scores of up to 1,000,000 points.
Historical Examples of machine
At the risk of overturning the machine he veered it sharply to the left.
Once more the sun flashed on her hair; then the machine disappeared.
The man had no fear, he had no nerves; he was a machine, and death was his business.
But, once again in the machine, he bent over and put his cheek against hers.
And the more some of them have had to drink, the more they want to drive the machine.
- (modifier)denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic
- (in combination)machine pistol; machine gun
Word Origin for machine
1540s, "structure of any kind," from Middle French machine "device, contrivance," from Latin machina "machine, engine, military machine; device, trick; instrument" (cf. Spanish maquina, Italian macchina), from Greek makhana, Doric variant of mekhane "device, means," related to mekhos "means, expedient, contrivance," from PIE *maghana- "that which enables," from root *magh- (1) "to be able, have power" (cf. Old Church Slavonic mogo "be able," Old English mæg "I can;" see may (v.)).
Main modern sense of "device made of moving parts for applying mechanical power" (1670s) probably grew out of mid-17c. senses of "apparatus, appliance" and "military siege-tower." In late 19c. slang the word was used for both "penis" and "vagina," one of the few so honored. Political sense is U.S. slang, first recorded 1876. Machine age is attested by 1851:
The idea of remodelling society at public meetings is one of the least reasonable which ever entered the mind of an agitator: and the notion that the relations of the sexes can be re-arranged and finally disposed of by preamble and resolution, is one of the latest, as it should have been the last, vagary of a machine age. ["The Literary World," Nov. 1, 1851]
Machine for living (in) "house" translates Le Corbusier's machine à habiter (1923).
mid-15c., "decide, resolve," from Old French and Latin usages (see machine (n.)). Related: Machined; machining. Meaning "to make or form on a machine" is from 1878. Related: Machined; machining.