- 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.
Origin of robot
Examples from the Web for robot
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
October 1, 2014
The goal of the present research is to help create the programming for a robot that is “a sociable partner.”Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
JIBO is a robot for the whole family, currently crowdfunding for development.Competitive Eaters, Breaking Bad in Space, and More Viral Videos
July 19, 2014
I ask this because this week, a robot named Hitchbot is setting off on a potentially perilous journey.Does a Robot Need to Be Cute?
June 22, 2014
I added some things to their music, but “The Girl and the Robot” was the first thing we worked on when we were in the same room.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
This was as close as a robot could look to a cop in uniform, without being a joke.
Then I noticed the tiny glow of light in the robot's eye lenses.
All this kept the robot busy, and we got so used to him we were hardly aware he was around.
None of us knew the littlest bit about what a robot can or cannot do.
But a robot can't take the place of a cop, it's a complex human job.
- 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
Word Origin and History for robot
1923, from English translation of 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), by Karel Capek (1890-1938), from Czech robotnik "slave," from robota "forced labor, compulsory service, drudgery," from robotiti "to work, drudge," from an Old Czech source akin to Old Church Slavonic rabota "servitude," from rabu "slave," from Old Slavic *orbu-, from PIE *orbh- "pass from one status to another" (see orphan). The Slavic word thus is a cousin to German Arbeit "work" (Old High German arabeit). According to Rawson the word was popularized by Karel Capek's play, "but was coined by his brother Josef (the two often collaborated), who used it initially in a short story."
- 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.
- A machine designed to replace human beings in performing a variety of tasks, either on command or by being programmed in advance.