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Definitions of automaton

  1. AUTOMATIC, AUTOMATICAL. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. A self-acting machine, especially one made to imitate living beings, as a mechanical doll. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A self-moving machine, or one which moves by concealed machinery:-pl. AUTOMATONS or AUTOMATA. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A machine which imitates the actions of a living being; or regulates itself. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A machine that imitates actions of living beings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A self-moving figure, so constructed as, by means of secret springs, to imitate the action of a living body; any machine so constructed as to be mechanically self-acting, like a watch. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A self-moving figure or machine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for automaton

  1. Scarcely recognizing the speaker, or comprehending what he said, she arose, more like an automaton than a living woman, and let herself be led away to join the march. – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  2. An operative may be ever so expert with his fingers, and yet not learn to measure his ordinary movements quite as accurately as if he were an automaton and that is what a man must do to be safe in the carding- room. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
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