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robot (ˈrəʊbɒt)
1.  any automated machine programmed to perform specific mechanical functions in the manner of a man
2.  (modifier) not controlled by man; automatic: a robot pilot
3.  a person who works or behaves like a machine; automaton
4.  (South African) a set of traffic lights
[C20: (used in R.U.R., a play by Karel Čapek) from Czech robota work; related to Old Slavonic rabota servitude, German Arbeit work]

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