[ roh-bot ]
/ 藞ro蕣 b蓲t /
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a machine that resembles a human and does mechanical, routine tasks on command.
a person who acts and responds in a mechanical, routine manner, usually subject to another's will; automaton.
any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.
operating automatically: a robot train operating between airline terminals.
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Origin of robot

<Czech, coined by Karel 膶apek in the play R.U.R. (1920) from the base robot-, as in robota compulsory labor, robotn铆k peasant owing such labor


ro路bot路ism, nounro路bot路ic [roh-bot-ik], /ro蕣藞b蓲t 瑟k/, ro路bo路tis路tic [roh-buh-tis-tik, -bo-], /藢ro蕣 b蓹藞t瑟s t瑟k, -b蓲-/, adjectivero路bot路like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for robot

/ (藞r蓹蕣b蓲t) /

any automated machine programmed to perform specific mechanical functions in the manner of a man
(modifier) not controlled by man; automatica robot pilot
a person who works or behaves like a machine; automaton
Southern African a set of traffic lights

Derived forms of robot

robotic, adjectiverobotism or robotry, nounrobot-like, adjective

Word Origin for robot

C20: (used in R.U.R., a play by Karel 膶apek) from Czech robota work; related to Old Slavonic rabota servitude, German Arbeit work
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Medical definitions for robot

[ r艒b艔t鈥 ]

A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.
A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control.
A person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others.
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Scientific definitions for robot

[ r艒b艔t鈥 ]

A machine designed to replace human beings in performing a variety of tasks, either on command or by being programmed in advance.
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