What is machine?

  • (noun): A device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point.
    Synonyms: simple machine
    See also — Additional definitions below


A machine is a powered tool consisting of one or more parts that is constructed to achieve a particular goal. Machines are usually powered by mechanical, chemical, thermal or electrical means, and are frequently motorized. Historically, a powered tool also required moving parts to classify as a machine; however, the advent of electronics technology has led to the development of powered tools without moving parts that are considered machines.

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Technical (vehicle) - History
... first use of automobiles, and even earlier, to the horse-drawn tachankas mounting machine guns in eastern Europe and Russia ... and Chad using unarmored motor vehicles, often fitted with machine guns and cannon of various types ... British SAS and LRDG use of the Willys Jeep, this time fitted with a single.50 caliber Browning machine gun ...
Isaac Singer - First Inventions
... In 1839, Singer obtained his first patent, for a machine to drill rock, selling it for $2,000 to the I M Canal Building Company ... He developed and patented a "machine for carving wood and metal" on April 10, 1849 ... up his family and moved back to New York City, hoping to market his wood-block cutting machine there ...
Machine - Impact - Automata
... An automaton (plural automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine ... The word is sometimes used to describe a robot, more specifically an autonomous robot ...
Automated Teller Machine - History
... and building the first automatic teller machine (which didn't dispense cash) ... The rollout of this machine, called Bankograph, was delayed by a couple of years, due in part to Simjian's Reflectone Electronics Inc ... The Bankograph was an automated envelope deposit machine (accepting coins, cash and cheques) and did not have cash dispensing features ...
... Neumann architecture that had been pioneered on the IAS machine ... After two "rescues" from the scrap heap, the machine currently resides at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California ... Like the IAS machine, JOHNNIAC used 40-bit words, and included 1024 words of Selectron tube main memory, each holding 256 bits of data ...

More definitions of "machine":

  • (noun): An intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently.
    Example: "The war machine"
  • (noun): An efficient person.
    Example: "The boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
  • (verb): Turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.
  • (noun): 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine.
    Synonyms: car, auto, automobile, motorcar
  • (verb): Make by machinery.
    Example: "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
  • (noun): A group that controls the activities of a political party.
    Example: "He was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
    Synonyms: political machine
  • (noun): Any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks.

Famous quotes containing the word machine:

    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915)

    Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    Above all, however, the machine has no feelings, it feels no fear and no hope ... it operates according to the pure logic of probability. For this reason I assert that the robot perceives more accurately than man.
    Max Frisch (1911–1991)