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adding machine

a machine capable of adding numbers and sometimes capable of performing the other arithmetic functions of subtraction, multiplication, and division: such machines are now obsolescent, having been replaced in most applications by electronic calculators.
Origin of adding machine
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But I could hug you for wanting to be a man, not an adding-machine!

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • To his marrow he was systematic; he was as definite as an adding-machine, as practical as a cash register.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • These he read off to Speyer, who in turn pressed the proper keys on the adding-machine––an endless, tedious, irritating task.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for adding-machine

adding machine

a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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