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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for machinelike

Historical Examples of machinelike

  • Only for a moment was the machinelike precision of the English class broken.


    Jane Abbott

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

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

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

    The Red Dust

    Murray Leinster

  • The place was set on fire with help of machinelike bicycle pumps with which many of the soldiers were furnished.

  • Zola was never a rapid writer, and seems to have regulated his literary production with machinelike uniformity.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson