machine-like

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machine (məˈʃiːn)
 
n
1.  an assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work
2.  Also called: simple machine a device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force, esp a lever, screw, wedge, or pulley
3.  a mechanically operated device or means of transport, such as a car, aircraft, etc
4.  any mechanical or electrical device that automatically performs tasks or assists in performing tasks
5.  a.  (modifier) denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic
 b.  (in combination): machine pistol; machine gun
6.  any intricate structure or agency: the war machine
7.  a mechanically efficient, rigid, or obedient person
8.  an organized body of people that controls activities, policies, etc
9.  (esp in the classical theatre) a device such as a pulley to provide spectacular entrances and exits for supernatural characters
10.  an event, etc, introduced into a literary work for special effect
 
vb
11.  (tr) to shape, cut, or remove (excess material) from (a workpiece) using a machine tool
12.  to use a machine to carry out a process on (something)
 
[C16: via French from Latin māchina machine, engine, from Doric Greek makhana pulley; related to makhos device, contrivance]
 
ma'chinable
 
adj
 
ma'chineable
 
adj
 
machina'bility
 
n
 
ma'chineless
 
adj
 
ma'chine-like
 
adj

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