an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work: a sewing machine.
a mechanical apparatus or contrivance; mechanism.
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 bicycle or motorcycle.
a vending machine: a cigarette machine.
any complex agency or operating system: the machine of government.
an organized group of persons that conducts or controls the activities of a political party or organization: He heads the Democratic machine in our city.
a person or thing that acts in a mechanical or automatic manner: Routine work had turned her into a machine.
any of various contrivances, especially those formerly used in the theater, for producing stage effects: The ancient Greeks used a theatrical machine to lower actors onto the stage.
some agency, personage, incident or other feature introduced for effect into a literary composition.
to make, prepare, or finish with a machine or with machine tools.
- ma·chine·less, adjective
- an·ti·ma·chine, adjective
- un·ma·chined, adjective
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How to use machine in a sentence
They come standard on most snow machines, and are an easy upgrade for your ATV.
So unless you lack access to internet or mail, rely on a voting machine to cast your ballot, or have to physically go to the polls for some other reason, it may not be worth it.Why you should vote as early as possible (and how to do it) | John Kennedy | September 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
The app has also turned into a cash machine for the company, earning $281 million in gross profit for Square last quarter while it grew to 30 million users.
Tucked in the back of a laboratory at the IBM Research facility less than an hour north of New York City is a hulking mass of stainless steel and aluminum that looks like a sci-fi teleportation machine.IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023 | rhhackettfortune | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Google uses the feedback from the quality raters guidelines and feeds this into machine learning models to send this feedback back to their engineers to improve search overall.Google now uses BERT to match stories with fact checks | Barry Schwartz | September 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The billionaire philanthropist tastes the product of a machine that processes human sewage into drinking water and electricity.
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“If BMW is ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ your Anthem is the ultimate differentiator,” writes Hogshead.
The resulting Wool Runners were comfortable, eco-friendly, machine-washable, and super cute—and sold out almost immediately.
Even his signature instrument, Auto-Tune, has become as accepted an ingredient in hip-hop as the drum machine.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The controlling leaders being out of gear the machine did not run smoothly: there was nothing but friction and tension.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A little black girl sat on the floor, and with her hands worked the treadle of the machine.
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.
The machine penetrated everywhere, thrusting aside with its gigantic arm the feeble efforts of handicraft.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
"I have a letter somewhere," looking in the machine drawer and finding the letter in the bottom of the workbasket.
British Dictionary definitions for machine
an assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work
Also called: simple machine a device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force, esp a lever, screw, wedge, or pulley
a mechanically operated device or means of transport, such as a car, aircraft, etc
any mechanical or electrical device that automatically performs tasks or assists in performing tasks
(modifier) denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic
(in combination): machine pistol; machine gun
any intricate structure or agency: the war machine
a mechanically efficient, rigid, or obedient person
an organized body of people that controls activities, policies, etc
(esp in the classical theatre) a device such as a pulley to provide spectacular entrances and exits for supernatural characters
an event, etc, introduced into a literary work for special effect
(tr) to shape, cut, or remove (excess material) from (a workpiece) using a machine tool
to use a machine to carry out a process on (something)
- machinable or machineable, adjective
- machinability, noun
- machineless, adjective
- machine-like, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for machine
A device that applies force, changes the direction of a force, or changes the strength of a force, in order to perform a task, generally involving work done on a load. Machines are often designed to yield a high mechanical advantage to reduce the effort needed to do that work.♦ A simple machine is a wheel, a lever, or an inclined plane. All other machines can be built using combinations of these simple machines; for example, a drill uses a combination of gears (wheels) to drive helical inclined planes (the drill-bit) to split a material and carve a hole in it.
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