Definition of Machine
1. Noun. Any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks.
Generic synonyms: Device
Derivative terms: Machinist
2. Verb. Turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.
3. Noun. An efficient person. "The boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
Specialized synonyms: Bionic Man, Bionic Woman, Cyborg
4. Verb. Make by machinery. "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
5. Noun. An intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently. "The war machine"
6. Noun. A device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point.
Specialized synonyms: Inclined Plane, Lever, Block, Pulley, Pulley Block, Pulley-block, Wheel
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device
7. Noun. A group that controls the activities of a political party. "He was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
8. Noun. A motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine. "He needs a car to get to work"
Examples of category: Rental, Renting, Alternator, Backseat, Road Map, Saleroom, Salesroom, Showroom, Spark Lever, Tunnel, Passenger, Rider, Adhesive Friction, Grip, Traction, Chattel, Movable, Personal Chattel, Prang, Hopped-up
Terms within: Accelerator, Accelerator Pedal, Gas, Gas Pedal, Gun, Throttle, Air Bag, Auto Accessory, Automobile Engine, Automobile Horn, Car Horn, Hooter, Horn, Motor Horn, Buffer, Fender, Bumper, Car Door, Car Mirror, Car Seat, Car Window, Fender, Wing, First, First Gear, Low, Low Gear, Floorboard, Gasoline Engine, Petrol Engine, Glove Compartment, Grille, Radiator Grille, High, High Gear, Bonnet, Cowl, Cowling, Hood, Automobile Trunk, Luggage Compartment, Trunk, Rear Window, Reverse, Reverse Gear, Roof, Running Board, Anti-sway Bar, Stabilizer Bar, Sunroof, Sunshine-roof, Fin, Tail Fin, Tailfin, Third, Third Gear, Window
Specialized synonyms: Ambulance, Beach Waggon, Beach Wagon, Estate Car, Station Waggon, Station Wagon, Waggon, Wagon, Bus, Heap, Jalopy, Cab, Hack, Taxi, Taxicab, Compact, Compact Car, Convertible, Coupe, Cruiser, Patrol Car, Police Car, Police Cruiser, Prowl Car, Squad Car, Electric, Electric Automobile, Electric Car, Gas Guzzler, Hardtop, Hatchback, Horseless Carriage, Hot Rod, Hot-rod, Jeep, Landrover, Limo, Limousine, Loaner, Minicar, Minivan, Model T, Pace Car, Race Car, Racer, Racing Car, Roadster, Runabout, Two-seater, Saloon, Sedan, Sport Car, Sports Car, S.u.v., Sport Utility, Sport Utility Vehicle, Suv, Stanley Steamer, Stock Car, Subcompact, Subcompact Car, Phaeton, Tourer, Touring Car, Secondhand Car, Used-car
Generic synonyms: Automotive Vehicle, Motor Vehicle
Derivative terms: Automobile, Automobilist, Machinist
Definition of Machine
1. n. 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.
2. v. t. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.
Definition of Machine
1. Noun. A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment. ¹
2. Noun. (archaic) A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile. ¹
3. Noun. (context: telephony abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail. ¹
4. Noun. (context: computing) A computer. ¹
5. Noun. (context: figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional. ¹
6. Noun. Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization. ¹
7. Noun. penis ¹
8. Verb. to make by machinery. ¹
9. Verb. to shape or finish by machinery. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Machine
1. to process by machine (a mechanical device) [v -CHINED, -CHINING, -CHINES]
Medical Definition of Machine
1. 1. 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. The term machine is most commonly applied to such pieces of mechanism as are used in the industrial arts, for mechanically shaping, dressing, and combining materials for various purposes, as in the manufacture of cloth, etc. Where the effect is chemical, or other than mechanical, the contrivance is usually denominated an apparatus, not a machine; as, a bleaching apparatus. Many large, powerful, or specially important pieces of mechanism are called engines; as, a steam engine, fire engine, graduating engine, etc. Although there is no well-settled distinction between the terms engine and machine among practical men, there is a tendency to restrict the application of the former to contrivances in which the operating part is not distinct from the motor. 2. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle. 3. A person who acts mechanically or at will of another. 4. A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine. "The whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive." (Landor) 5. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends. 6. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit. Elementary machine, a name sometimes given to one of the simple mechanical powers. See Mechanical. Infernal machine. See Infernal. Machine gun.See Gun. Machine screw, a screw or bolt adapted for screwing into metal, in distinction from one which is designed especially to be screwed into wood. Machine shop, a workshop where machines are made, or where metal is shaped by cutting, filing, turning, etc. Machine tool, a machine for cutting or shaping wood, metal, etc, by means of a tool; especially, a machine, as a lathe, planer, drilling machine, etc, designed for a more or less general use in a machine shop, in distinction from a machine for producing a special article as in manufacturing. Machine twist, silken thread especially adapted for use in a sewing machine. Machine work, work done by a machine, in contradistinction to that done by hand labour. Origin: F, fr. L. Machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr, from means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Machine
Literary usage of Machine
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"But if a new type of machine is desired or a new mechanism necessary, the problem may ... Lay out the centre lines of the machine according to the above ..."
2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"The Middaugh and Wilcox patent of December 23, 1884, was a patent for a "portable fence machine," described in the claims as "a portable machine for ..."
3. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Moore, SH Mechanical engineering and machine shop practice. »$4. '08. ... J: S. and D: Text-book of mechanical drawing and elementary machine design. 2d ed. ..."
4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Holtz's machine. X. Close behind this disk was fixed another vertical disk of ... To start the machine the balls were brought in contact, one of the paper ..."
5. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1876)
"The paper is placed at one end of the machine, and the first operation is ... The machine turns out about one hundred and twenty-five envelopes per minute. ..."