• Machine


    • US IPA: /məˈʃiːn/


    Borrowing from frm machine, from Latin machina ("a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick"), from Ancient Greek μαχανά, Doric Greek spelling of μηχανή (mēkhanē, "a machine, engine, contrivance, device").

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    (plural machines)
    1. A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment.
      • 2013-06-01, A better waterworks, An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
    2. (archaic) A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
    3. (telephony, abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
      I called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.
    4. (computing) A computer.
      Game developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.
    5. (figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
      Bruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons.
      The government has become a money-making machine.
    6. Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
      • LandorThe whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive.
    7. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
    8. (euphemistic, obsolete) Penis.



    1. to make by machinery.
    2. to shape or finish by machinery.

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