Definition of Automaton

1. Noun. Someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way. "Only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"

Exact synonyms: Zombi, Zombie
Generic synonyms: Anomaly, Unusual Person
Derivative terms: Automatic, Automatise, Automatize



2. Noun. A mechanism that can move automatically.
Exact synonyms: Golem, Robot
Specialized synonyms: Android, Humanoid, Mechanical Man
Generic synonyms: Mechanism
Derivative terms: Automatic, Automatize

Definition of Automaton

1. n. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action.

Definition of Automaton

1. Noun. A machine or robot designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions. ¹

2. Noun. A person who acts like a machine or robot, often defined as having a monotonous lifestyle and lacking in emotion. ¹

3. Noun. A formal system, such as finite automaton. ¹

4. Noun. A toy in the form of a mechanical figure. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Automaton

1. a robot [n -TA or -TONS] - See also: robot

Medical Definition of Automaton

1. Origin: L. Fr. Gr, neut. Of self-moving; self + a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. To strive. See Mean, v. I. 1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. "So great and admirable an automaton as the world." (Boyle) "These living automata, human bodies." (Boyle) 2. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Automaton

automations
automatise
automatised
automatism
automatisms
automatist
automatistic
automatists
automatization
automatizations
automatize
automatized
automatizes
automatizing
automatograph
automaton (current term)
automatonlike
automatons
automatous
automats
automen
automerization
automerizations
automethylate
automethylates
automictic
automimicries
automimicry
automize

Literary usage of Automaton

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1. Memoirs of the Most Eminent American Mechanics: Also, Lives of Distinguished by Henry Howe (1856)
"The Chess automaton was the sole invention of Wolffgang da Kempelen, a Hungarian gentleman, Aulic counsellor to the royal chamber of the domains of the ..."

2. Memoirs of the Most Eminent American Mechanics: Also, Lives of Distinguished by Henry Howe, New York Museum of Science and Industry Library (1852)
"He kept his word with his imperial mistress; and in the following year presented himself Once more at the court of Vienna, accompanied by the automaton ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1820)
"Observations on the automaton Chess Player, now exhibited in London, at No. 4. Spring Gardens. By an Oxford Graduate. 8vo. is. Hatchard. ..."

4. A Record of the Boston Stage by William Warland Clapp (1853)
"Maelzel'ß automaton Chess Player. ... automaton Chess Player at Julien Hall, puzzled the quid ... automaton ..."

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