[ roh-buh t, -bot ]
/ ˈroʊ bət, -bɒt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. robocall,
  2. robocar,
  3. robocop,
  4. roborant,
  5. robosign,
  6. robot bomb,
  7. robot dancing,
  8. robot pilot,
  9. robotic,
  10. roboticist

Origin of robot

< Czech, coined by Karel Čapek in the play R.U.R. (1920) from the base robot-, as in robota compulsory labor, robotník peasant owing such labor

Related formsro·bot·ism, nounro·bot·ic, ro·bot·is·tic [roh-buh-tis-tik, -bo-] /ˌroʊ bəˈtɪs tɪk, -bɒ-/, adjectivero·bot·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for robotic


/ (ˈrəʊbɒt) /


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 Formsrobotic, adjectiverobotism or robotry, nounrobot-like, adjective

Word Origin for robot

C20: (used in R.U.R., a play by Karel Čapek) from Czech robota work; related to Old Slavonic rabota servitude, German Arbeit work

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Word Origin and History for robotic
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Medicine definitions for robotic


[ rō-bŏtĭk ]


Relating to, characteristic of, or employing robots.


[ rōbŏt′ ]


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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Science definitions for robotic


[ rōbŏt′ ]

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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