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1    an assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work  
2      (Also called)    simple machine   a device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force, esp. a lever, screw, wedge, or pulley  
3    a mechanically operated device or means of transport, such as a car, aircraft, etc.  
4    any mechanical or electrical device that automatically performs tasks or assists in performing tasks  
a    modifier   denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic  
b    (in combination)  
machine pistol, machine gun     
6    any intricate structure or agency  
the war machine     
7    a mechanically efficient, rigid, or obedient person  
8    an organized body of people that controls activities, policies, etc.  
9    (esp. in the classical theatre) a device such as a pulley to provide spectacular entrances and exits for supernatural characters  
10    an event, etc., introduced into a literary work for special effect  
11    tr   to shape, cut, or remove (excess material) from (a workpiece) using a machine tool  
12    to use a machine to carry out a process on (something)  
     (C16: via French from Latin machina machine, engine, from Doric Greek makhana pulley; related to makhos device, contrivance)  
  machinable, machineable      adj  
  machinability      n  
  machineless      adj  
  machine-like      adj  

adding machine  
      n   a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing  
answering machine  
      n   a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded message,   (In full)    telephone answering machine     (Also called)    answerphone  
automated teller machine  
      n   a computerized cash dispenser,   (Abbrev.)    ATM  
bathing machine  
      n   a small hut, on wheels so that it could be pulled to the sea, used in the 18th and 19th centuries for bathers to change their clothes  
clobbering machine  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal   pressure to conform with accepted standards  
drum machine  
      n   a synthesizer specially programmed to reproduce the sound of drums and other percussion instruments in variable rhythms and combinations selected by the musician; the resulting beat is produced continually until stopped or changed  
facsimile machine  
      n   a machine which transmits and receives documents in facsimile transmission,   (Often shortened to)    fax, fax machine  
fruit machine  
      n     (Brit)   a gambling machine that pays out when certain combinations of diagrams, usually of fruit, appear on a dial  
heart-lung machine  
      n   a machine used to maintain the circulation and oxygenation of the blood during heart surgery  
ice machine  
      n   a machine that automatically produces ice for use in drinks, etc.  
infernal machine  
Archaic   a usually disguised explosive device or booby trap  
kidney machine  
      n      another name for       artificial kidney  
machine bolt  
      n   a fastening bolt with a machine-cut thread  
machine code   , language  
      n   instructions for the processing of data in a binary, octal, or hexadecimal code that can be understood and executed by a computer  
machine gun  
a    a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged  
b    (as modifier)  
machine-gun fire     
  machine-gun   , -guns, -gunning, -gunned  
2    tr   to shoot or fire at with a machine gun  
  machine gunner      n  
machine head  
      n   a metal peg-and-gear mechanism for tuning a string on an instrument such as a guitar  
machine intelligence  
      n     (Brit)  
now rare      another term for       artificial intelligence  
machine learning  
      n   a branch of artificial intelligence in which a computer generates rules underlying or based on raw data that has been fed into it  
machine moulding  
      n     (Engineering)   the process of making moulds and cores for castings by mechanical means, usually by compacting the moulding sand by vibration instead of by ramming down  
machine readable  
      adj   (of data) in a form in which it can be fed into a computer  
machine screw  
      n   a fastening screw with a machine-cut thread throughout the length of its shank  
machine shop  
      n   a workshop in which machine tools are operated  
machine tool  
      n   a power-driven machine, such as a lathe, miller, or grinder, that is used for cutting, shaping, and finishing metals or other materials  
  machine-tooled      adj  
machine translation  
      n   the production of text in one natural language from that in another by means of computer procedures  
milking machine  
      n   an apparatus for milking cows  
milling machine  
      n   a machine tool in which a horizontal arbor or vertical spindle rotates a cutting tool above a horizontal table  
poker machine  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z)   a fruit machine,   (Often shortened to)    pokie  
radial drilling machine  
      n   a machine in which the drilling head is mounted to slide along a radial arm which can be rotated, raised, or lowered on a vertical mast to adjust the position of the drill above the workpiece,   (Often shortened to)    radial  
rowing machine  
      n   a device with oars and a sliding seat resembling a sculling boat, used to provide exercise  
sewing machine  
      n   any machine designed to sew material. It is now usually driven by electric motor but is sometimes operated by a foot treadle or by hand  
simple machine  
      n   a simple device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force. The six basic types are the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge, and inclined plane  
slot machine  
      n   a machine, esp. one for selling small articles or for gambling, activated by placing a coin or metal disc in a slot  
      n   a portable automatic or semiautomatic light gun with a short barrel, firing pistol ammunition: designed to be fired from the hip or shoulder  
synchronous machine  
      n   an electrical machine, whose rotating speed is proportional to the frequency of the alternating-current supply and independent of the load  
tape machine  
1       another word for       tape recorder  
2    a telegraphic receiving device that records messages electronically or on ticker tape,   (U.S. equivalent)    ticker  
teaching machine  
      n   a machine that presents information and questions to the user, registers the answers, and indicates whether these are correct or acceptable  
telephone answering machine  
      n      the full name for       answering machine  
Thompson sub-machine-gun  
      n   Trademark   a .45 calibre sub-machine-gun,   (Also called)    Tommy gun  
     (C20: after John T. Thompson (1860--1940), US Army Officer, its coinventor)  
threshing machine  
      n   a machine for threshing crops  
time machine  
      n   (in science fiction) a machine in which people or objects can be transported into the past or the future  
Turing machine  
      n   a hypothetical universal computing machine able to modify its original instructions by reading, erasing, or writing a new symbol on a moving tape of fixed length that acts as its program. The concept was instrumental in the early development of computer systems  
vending machine  
      n   a machine that automatically dispenses consumer goods such as cigarettes, food, or petrol, when money is inserted,   (Also called)    automat  
voting machine  
      n   (esp. in the U.S.) a machine at a polling station that voters operate to register their votes and that mechanically or electronically counts all votes cast  
washing machine  
      n   a mechanical apparatus, usually powered by electricity, for washing clothing, linens, etc.  
Wimshurst machine  
      n   a type of electrostatic generator with two parallel insulating discs revolving in different directions, each being in contact with a thin metal wiper that produces a charge on the disc: usually used for demonstration purposes  
     (C19: named after J. Wimshurst (1832--1903), English engineer)  
wind machine  
      n   a machine used, esp. in the theatre, to produce wind or the sound of wind  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    apparatus, appliance, contraption, contrivance, device, engine, instrument, mechanism, tool  
2    agency, machinery, organization, party, setup     (informal)   structure, system  
3      (figurative)   agent, automaton, mechanical man, puppet, robot, zombie  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.
human or machine conduct socially acceptable in the cyber world
a criminal action of commission or omission with intent to harm targeting humans or machines using any telecommunication device via internet
[Leg.];[Tech.] cybercrime means hacking, bullying, identity theft
vintage light on police car, i.e. a single dome with rotating lights inside. Thus nicknamed because of it's resemblance with bubblegum machines.
[US];[Coll.] Syn. bubble gum machine, gumball machine.
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