- 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 robotic
The friendly aura vanished, her eyes dead, voice robotic and confident she was correct.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
The research will be used to make advances in robotic technology and facilitate smoother interactions between humans and robots.Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
But what is the end game here, and what are the unintended consequences of imbuing a robotic device with cuteness?Does a Robot Need to Be Cute?
June 22, 2014
The U.S. Air Force boosted the robotic X-37B atop the nose of an Atlas-5 rocket in December 2012.Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?
April 7, 2014
Additionally, many surgeons are not approved to perform da Vinci robotic single-site hysterectomies.
Steel and electrons and wires and robotic brains were inflexible.There Will Be School Tomorrow
V. E. Thiessen
In the first place, it was strictly illegal to deal in the components of robotic brains.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
All that machinery and robotic equipment and so on that was going to Tanith—was that aboard when he took the ship?Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
There was a lot of cybernetic and robotic equipment, and astrogational equipment, that had to be made from scratch.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
It sounded a little infantile, but he was pretty sure none of those present had any sound knowledge of robotic intelligence.The Velvet Glove
- 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 robotic
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."
- Relating to, characteristic of, or employing robots.
- 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.