Definitions for machineməˈʃin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•chineməˈʃin(n.; v.)-chined, -chin•ing.

  1. (n.)an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work:

    a sewing machine.

    Category: Machinery

  2. a device that transmits or modifies force or motion. any of several elementary mechanisms, as the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge, or inclined plane. a combination of simple machines.

    Category: Mechanics

    Ref: Also called simple machine.

  3. an automobile or airplane.

  4. any of various apparatus, devices, etc., that dispense things, esp. a vending machine.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. any complex agency or operating system:

    the machine of government.

  6. a group of persons that conducts or controls a political party or organization.

    Category: Government

  7. a person or thing that acts in a mechanical or automatic manner.

  8. a mechanical contrivance formerly used for producing stage effects.

  9. a literary contrivance introduced for special effect.

    Category: Literature

  10. (v.t.)to make, prepare, or finish with a machine or machine tool.

    Category: Machinery

Origin of machine:

1540–50; < F < L māchina < Attic Gk mēchanḗ; see mechanic magh-1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. machine(noun)

    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

  2. machine(noun)

    an efficient person

    "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"

  3. machine(noun)

    an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently

    "the war machine"

  4. machine, simple machine(noun)

    a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point

  5. machine, political machine(noun)

    a group that controls the activities of a political party

    "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"

  6. car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar(verb)

    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

    "he needs a car to get to work"

  7. machine(verb)

    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

  8. machine(verb)

    make by machinery

    "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. machine(noun)əˈʃin

    a device with moving parts, for doing a particular task

    the machine that stamps letters at the post office; a washing machine; the employees that operate/run the machines


  1. machine(Noun)

    A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment.

  2. machine(Noun)

    A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.

  3. machine(Noun)

    An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.

    I called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.

  4. machine(Noun)

    A computer.

    Game developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.

  5. machine(Noun)

    A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.

  6. machine(Noun)

    Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization.

  7. machine(Noun)


  8. machine(Verb)

    to make by machinery.

  9. machine(Verb)

    to shape or finish by machinery.

  10. Origin: From machine, from machina, from μαχανά, Doric spelling of μηχανή, from μῆχος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machine(noun)

    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

  2. Machine(noun)

    any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle

  3. Machine(noun)

    a person who acts mechanically or at will of another

  4. Machine(noun)

    a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine

  5. Machine(noun)

    a political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends

  6. Machine(noun)

    supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit

  7. Machine(verb)

    to subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine


  1. Machine

    A machine is a tool that consists of one or more parts, and uses energy 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. A simple machine is a device that simply transforms the direction or magnitude of a force, but a large number of more complex machines exist. Examples include vehicles, electronic systems, molecular machines, computers, television, and radio.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1305

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #912

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'machine' in Nouns Frequency: #322

Anagrams of machine

  1. Eichman

Translations for machine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a working arrangement of wheels, levers or other parts, driven eg by human power, electricity etc, or operating electronically, producing power and/or motion for a particular purpose

a sewing-machine.

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