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.
- ro·bot·ism, noun
- ro·bot·ic [roh-bot-ik], /roʊˈbɒt ɪk/, ro·bo·tis·tic [roh-buh-tis-tik, -bo-], /ˌroʊ bəˈtɪs tɪk, -bɒ-/, adjective
- ro·bot·like, adjective
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How to use robot in a sentence
Neuralink is building a brain-machine interface as well as a little robot that installs it into your skull.Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain | Rebecca Heilweil | August 28, 2020 | Vox
The company’s new research aims to train AI using both visual and audio data, letting smart robots detect and follow objects that make noise as well as use sounds to understand a physical space.Facebook Wants to Make Smart Robots to Explore Every Nook and Cranny of Your Home | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | August 26, 2020 | Singularity Hub
In 2015, its president joked that by 2020 robots would score gymnastics.A robot referee can really keep its ‘eye’ on the ball | Kathryn Hulick | August 20, 2020 | Science News For Students
A robot beetle goes the distance on its own thanks to a methanol-fueled micromuscle.Methanol fuel gives this tiny beetle bot the freedom to roam | Carmen Drahl | August 19, 2020 | Science News
My colleagues and I began putting robots with samplers into the Dry Valley lakes.He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice | Steve Nadis | July 20, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Luke Skywalker is an evil robot who has fallen to the dark side of the force.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones) | Rich Goldstein | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The laser-wielding robot is a real threat,” Hetflaisz says.
The other culprit, of course, is the one misanthropic jerk who reported “several hundred” names to the Facebook robot.Facebook Apologizes For, but Doesn’t Retract, Discriminatory ‘Real Name’ Policy | Jay Michaelson | October 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The goal of the present research is to help create the programming for a robot that is “a sociable partner.”
“Technology enables dissent,” the former NSA contractor told the crowd of thousands via video screen, this time sans robot.
A squat robot with undulating arms passed by him, its arms weaving inquiringly.Second Variety | Philip Kindred Dick
Even the big robot with its two waving eyestalks retreated respectfully as he approached.Second Variety | Philip Kindred Dick
Jordan's brows contracted as he tried to understand the robot.The Stutterer | R.R. Merliss
Are these robot-confessors present in the closed classrooms?The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
"A machine cannot be coerced," the robot-confessor told him.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for robot
any automated machine programmed to perform specific mechanical functions in the manner of a man
(modifier) not controlled by man; automatic: a robot pilot
a person who works or behaves like a machine; automaton
Southern African a set of traffic lights
- robotic, adjective
- robotism or robotry, noun
- robot-like, adjective
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Scientific definitions for robot
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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