Definitions of machine

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