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Definitions of machine

  1. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make by machinery; "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To print with a machine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. an efficient person; "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. In general, any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, etc.; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts, or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams, etc., with their supports and connecting framework, calculated to constitute a prime mover, or to receive force and motion from a prime mover or from another machine, and transmit, modify, and apply them to the production of some desired mechanical effect or work, as weaving by a loom, or the excitation of electricity by an electrical machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A person who acts mechanically or at will of another. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Any contrivance to produce, increase, and regulate the power of motion so as to do work; an engine; an automobile; a political organization which controls the policies and activities of a party. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Any artificial means or contrivance: an instrument formed by combining two or more of the mechanical powers: an engine: (fig.) supernatural agency in a poem: one who can do only what he is told. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A piece of mechanism; contrivance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. A mechanical arrangement for utilizing power; engine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. An organization, as to control political patronage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Any contrivance or thing which serves to increase or regulate the effects of a given force, as steam, water, or wind; a complex structure or instrument contrived to lessen or supersede human labour; an engine; a coach or light conveyance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for machine

  1. And then I've my own machine here on the wall to give a warning if anything happens. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. Your machine couldn't fall ten miles in thirty minutes. – Homeburg Memories by George Helgesen Fitch
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