a plural of automaton. Unabridged


[aw-tom-uh-ton, -tn]
noun, plural automatons, automata [aw-tom-uh-tuh] .
a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.

1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, noun use of neuter of autómatos spontaneous, acting without human agency, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + -matos, adj. derivative from base of memonénai to intend, ménos might, force

automatous, adjective Unabridged
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automata (ɔːˈtɒmətə)
a plural of automaton

automaton (ɔːˈtɒməˌtɒn, -tən)
n , pl -tons, -ta
1.  a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
2.  a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
[C17: from Latin, from Greek, from automatos spontaneous, self-moving]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from L. automaton (Suetonius), from Gk. automaton, neut. of automatos "self-acting," from autos "self" + matos "thinking, animated, willing," from PIE *mn-to-, from base *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).
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Computing Dictionary

automata definition


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Example sentences
Not so different basic from many dystopias when humans are turned into automata.
Roy's far from the only artist working with finely-crafted wooden automata.
Wolfram and others in their work on cellular automata have pointed us in the
  right direction.
The elderly were strange automata of prescriptions and adages, as if they had
  been replaced by their own fictions.
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