Definitions of machine

  1. turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. an efficient person; "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make by machinery; "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" Wordnet 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 combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A piece of mechanism; contrivance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. A mechanical arrangement for utilizing power; engine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. An organization, as to control political patronage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Any complex contrivance consisting of a combination of the mechanical powers; an engine; supernatural agency in a poem; one who can only do as he is bid; a carriage or vehicle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To print with a machine. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. 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.
  24. In patent law. Any contrivance used to regulate or augment force or motion; more properly, a complex structure, cousisting of a combination, or peculiar modification, of the mechanical powers.The term "machine," in patent law, includes every mechanical device, or combination of mechanical powers and devices, to perform some function and produce a certain effect or result. But where the result or effect is produced by chemical action, by the operation or application of some element or power of nature, or of one substance to another, such modes, methods, or operations are called "processes." A new process is usually the result of discovery; a machine, of invention. Corning v. Burden, 15 How. 252. 267, 14 L. Ed. 683. And see Pittsburgh Reduction Co. v. Cowles Electric Co. (C. C.) 55 Fed. 316 ; Westinghouse v. Boyden Power Brake Co.. 170 U. S. 537, 18 Sup. Ct. 707, 42 L. Ed. 1136; Burr v. Durvee, 1 Wall. 570, 17 L. Ed. 650: Stearns v. Russell, 85 Fed. 225, 29 C. C. A. 121; Wintermute v. Redington, 30 Fed. Cas. 370. thelawdictionary.org
  25. A person who acts mechanically or at the will of another. dictgcide_fs
  26. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends; the Tammany machine. dictgcide_fs
  27. To subject to the action of machinery; to make, cut, shape, or modify with a machine; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine. dictgcide_fs
  28. ma-sh[=e]n', n. any artificial means or contrivance: any instrument for the conversion of motion: an engine: a coach or conveyance of any kind: one who can do only what he is told: a contrivance in the ancient Greek theatre for indicating a change of scene, by means of which a god might cross the stage or deliver a divine message--whence the expression Deus ex mach[)i]na for a sudden interposition of Providence: any literary contrivance for the development of a plot: supernatural agency in a poem.--v.t. to use machinery for, esp. to print or sew by such: to make by means of machinery.--ns. MACHINE'-GUN, a gun firing a great many shots one after the other, sometimes as many as 1000 per minute; MACHINE'-MAN, a man who manages the working of a machine, esp. in a printing-office; MACHIN'ERY, machines in general: the working parts of a machine: combined means for keeping anything in action, or for producing a desired result; MACHINE'-SHOP, a workshop where machines are made; MACHINE'-TOOL, an adjustable machine for doing work with cutting-tools, or one utilising minor tools, as a planing-, drilling-machine, &c.; MACHINE'-WORK, work done by a machine; MACHIN'IST, a constructor of machines: one well versed in machinery: one who works a machine. [Fr.,--L. mach[)i]na--Gr. m[=e]chan[=e], akin to m[=e]ch-os, contrivance.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. A more or less compound instrument or arrangement for putting a body in motion, or for producing any action whatever. Physiologists sometimes use it for the animal body; - as the machine or animal machine. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  30. Apparatus for applying mechanical power, having several parts each with definite function (the kind often being specified, as sewing, printing, -m.); bicycle, tricycle; bathing-m. (see bathe); person who acts mechanically& without intelligence, or with unfailing regularity; (Mech.) instrument that transmits force or directs its application, as simple m., one without parts, e.g. lever; controlling political organization (esp. in United States); m.-gun, mounted gun mechanically loaded& fired, delivering continuous fire; m.-made, made by m. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. (As v.t. & i.) make or operate on with m. (esp. of sewing& printing); use m. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. [L.] Name given to any kind of engine used for battering or assisting in the attack of walls, beforem the invention of gunpowder. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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