What does machine mean?

Definitions for machine
məˈʃinma·chine

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word machine.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. machine(Noun)

    A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.

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

  3. machine(Noun)

    An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.

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

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

  4. machine(Noun)

    A computer.

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

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

  5. machine(Noun)

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

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

  6. machine(Noun)

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

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

  7. machine(Noun)

    penis

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

  8. machine(Verb)

    to make by machinery.

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

  9. machine(Verb)

    to shape or finish by machinery.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  2. Machine(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  3. Machine(noun)

    a person who acts mechanically or at will of another

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  4. Machine(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  5. Machine(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  6. Machine(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  7. Machine(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. mhchanh`, from mh^chos means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Machine

    ma-shēn′, n. any artificial means or contrivance: any instrument for the conversion of motion: an engine: a coach or conveyance of any kind: one who can do only what he is told: a contrivance in the ancient Greek theatre for indicating a change of scene, by means of which a god might cross the stage or deliver a divine message—whence the expression Deus ex machĭna for a sudden interposition of Providence: any literary contrivance for the development of a plot: supernatural agency in a poem.—v.t. to use machinery for, esp. to print or sew by such: to make by means of machinery.—ns. Machine′-gun, a gun firing a great many shots one after the other, sometimes as many as 1000 per minute; Machine′-man, a man who manages the working of a machine, esp. in a printing-office; Machin′ery, machines in general: the working parts of a machine: combined means for keeping anything in action, or for producing a desired result; Machine′-shop, a workshop where machines are made; Machine′-tool, an adjustable machine for doing work with cutting-tools, or one utilising minor tools, as a planing-, drilling-machine, &c.; Machine′-work, work done by a machine; Machin′ist, a constructor of machines: one well versed in machinery: one who works a machine. [Fr.,—L. machĭna—Gr. mēchanē, akin to mēch-os, contrivance.]

Editors Contribution

  1. machine

    A type of device or system created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The machine was beautifully made and was used to wash the clothes.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Machine

    A bicycle is called a machine because it is a more or less complicated piece of mechanism made up of many parts. In the United States the term machine is applied both to a locomotive and a fire engine.

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

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How to say machine in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of machine in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of machine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of machine in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Tabarus:

    I think it's too late. The network is already messed up, it'll be kind of hard to put a machine back in when it was already sent off to be recycled.

  2. Saffron Webb:

    At hospital he would be crying at the door because he wanted to go outside, when he was having chemo he couldnt move as he was hooked up to the machine but all he wanted to do was crawl around.

  3. Julie Eason:

    It's not just this machine they talk about on TV that we don't have enough of. It's very complex, if you don't set it up right, that patient outcome is different. You need skilled people who have lots of experience doing this to have good outcomes with these patients.

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    They spend the first month or so - surrogates, the machine - attacking the accusers, as in the Lewinsky scandal. she can't do it because, the answers to the questions - if remotely honest - are self-indicting.

  5. Allie Brandenburger:

    Hillary Clinton's political machine resorting to attacking Jeb over 9/11 is a depressing example of just how extreme the left has gotten. If there's one thing we should all agree on it's that in response to that horrific attack, the country came together with resolve in the face of evil to ensure we keep our country safe. Today, while Jeb has offered a plan to defeat ISIS, the Democrats have no strategy and they are making these craven attacks.

Images & Illustrations of machine

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