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android

[an-droid] /ˈæn drɔɪd/
noun
1.
an automaton in the form of a human being.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Neo-Latin androīdēs. See andr-, -oid
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Examples from the web for androids
  • Harry is now the supreme ruler of a planet of androids who cater to his every whim.
  • The planet is discovered to be populated with other androids built to serve humans.
  • Early androids were detectable, because of their limited intelligence.
  • She also admits to knowing all of the eight androids being hunted.
  • The uncanny advantage of using androids in cognitive science research.
  • androids, also known as andys, all have a preset death date.
British Dictionary definitions for androids

android

/ˈændrɔɪd/
noun
1.
(in science fiction) a robot resembling a human being
adjective
2.
resembling a human being
Word Origin
C18: from Late Greek androeidēs manlike; see andro-, -oid

Android

/ˈændrɔɪd/
noun
1.
trademark a software package for smartphones, including many application programs
2.
a smartphone that uses this software
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Word Origin and History for androids

android

n.

"automaton resembling a human being," 1842, from Modern Latin androides (itself attested as a Latin word in English from 1727), from Greek andro- "human" (see andro-) + eides "form, shape." Greek androdes meant "like a man, manly;" cf. also Greek andrias "image of a man, statue." Listed as "rare" in OED 1st edition (1879), popularized from c.1951 by science fiction writers.

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androids in Medicine

android an·droid (ān'droid')
adj.
Possessing human features and form.

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