What does machine mean?

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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"


  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

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


  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.]

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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

How to pronounce machine?

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How to say machine in sign language?

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  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. Chief Executive John Chambers:

    Chuck is just an execution machine.

  2. Menander:

    Deus ex machina A god from the machine

  3. Rabbi Reuven Yaacobov:

    Anything done by a machine is worthless.

  4. Menander, The Woman Possessed with a Divinity:

    Deus ex machina [A god from the machine]

  5. Aaron J. Munzer:

    Humour is a cog in the machine we call love.

Images & Illustrations of machine

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