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Definitions of automaton

  1. someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a mechanism that can move automatically Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; - applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. AUTOMATIC, AUTOMATICAL. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. 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.
  9. A machine that imitates actions of living beings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. 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.
  11. A self-moving figure or machine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc. mso.anu.edu.au
  13. (Plural automata) Amachine, robot, or formal system designed to follow aprecise sequence of instructions.Automata theory, the invention and study of automata, includesthe study of the capabilities and limitations of computingprocesses, the manner in which systems receive input, processit, and produce output, and the relationships betweenbehavioural theories and the operation and use of automateddevices.See also cellular automaton, finite state machine. foldoc_fs
  14. A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc. dictgcide_fs
  15. aw-tom'a-ton, n. a self-moving machine, or one which moves by concealed machinery: a living being regarded as without consciousness: the self-acting power of the muscular and nervous systems, by which movement is effected without intelligent determination: a human being who acts by routine, without intelligence:--pl. AUTOM'ATONS, AUTOM'ATA.--adjs. AUTOMAT'IC, -AL.--adv. AUTOMAT'ICALLY.--ns. AUTOM'ATISM, automatic or involuntary action: power of self-moving: power of initiating vital processes from within the cell, organ, or organism, independently of any direct or immediate stimulus from without: the doctrine that animals are automata, their motions, &c., being the result of mechanical laws; AUTOM'ATIST, one who holds the doctrine of automatism. [Gr. automatos, self-moving--autos, self, and a stem mat-, to strive after, to move.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Thing endued with spontaneous motion; living being viewed materially; piece of mechanism with concealed motive power; living being whose actions are involuntary or without active intelligence. Hence automatous a. [Greek] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. [Gr.] A puppet, called from its resembling that which is really an automaton, or self-moved thing. See Automatic. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. [Greek] A machine moved by invisible works which imitates the actions of man or animals; any self-moving machine. Cabinet Dictionary

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