[ muh-sheen-lahyk ]

  1. like a machine, as in regular movement or uniform pattern of operation: to conduct business with machinelike efficiency.

Origin of machinelike

First recorded in 1690–1700; machine + -like

Words Nearby machinelike Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use machinelike in a sentence

  • The only fault to find with these garments is their machinelike cut.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • Even that, however, in a person whose machinelike attitude towards her provoked her resentment, was noticeable.

    The Tempting of Tavernake | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The place was set on fire with help of machinelike bicycle pumps with which many of the soldiers were furnished.

  • Its huge multiple eyes stared with machinelike preoccupation at the world.

    The Red Dust | Murray Leinster
  • It was super-machinelike, and it helped to crush out the glimmering bit of soul that was all that was left him from former life.

    Martin Eden | Jack London