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Definitions of machine

  1. turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
  2. any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  3. a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
  4. a group that controls the activities of a political party; " he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
  5. an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; " the war machine"
  6. an efficient person; " the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
  7. make by machinery; " The Americans were machining while others still hand- made cars"
  8. 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.
  9. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.
  10. A person who acts mechanically or at will of another.
  11. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends.
  12. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  13. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A piece of mechanism; contrivance.
  17. A mechanical arrangement for utilizing power; engine.
  18. An organization, as to control political patronage.
  19. 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.
  20. To print with a machine.
  21. 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.
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Usage examples for machine

  1. And then I've my own machine here on the wall to give a warning if anything happens. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. Your machine couldn't fall ten miles in thirty minutes. – Homeburg Memories by George Helgesen Fitch
  3. If his machine does the work of ten men, you might think he was worth ten men. – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  4. And I'll tell you, Isak, that machine of yours, 'twas almost more than my old eyes could see nor understand. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  5. Do not understand, however, that we give away the machine. – The Mayflower, January, 1905 by Various
  6. Have the Ring machine. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
  7. It was Nimrod, so they resumed their journey once more and presently Hunter shot past on his machine without taking any notice of them... – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  8. He's got a machine, but I never saw it. – Roy Blakeley by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  9. Put your machine up yet? – Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  10. Do you think I'm going to trust myself to that machine? – Tangle Hold by F. L. Wallace
  11. All work of that kind should be done by a machine. – The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde
  12. We haven't found him, or his machine. – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  13. A few weeks later Halfvorson came to him at the machine- shop. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  14. Me say him machine got to come up- him come up! – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  15. Then you are fighting the machine as well as the railroad? – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  16. With a machine a woman can do I suppose, ten times as much in a day, and with more ease to herself. – Trading by Susan Warner
  17. There was a maid, and they came in a machine? – Lady Larkspur by Meredith Nicholson
  18. He's a machine, who can perform over and over the same kind of complicated procedure and never make an error. – Human Error by Raymond F. Jones
  19. If you will wait ten minutes, I will take you down in the machine. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  20. " It's an army machine, I mean. – The Boy Scout Aviators by George Durston
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