simple-machine

simple machine

noun Mechanics.
machine ( def 3b ).

Origin:
1900–05

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simple machine
 
n
a simple device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force. The six basic types are the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge, and inclined plane

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simple machine  
See under machine.
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