What does machine mean?

Definitions for machine

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word machine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. machinenoun

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

  2. machinenoun

    an efficient person

    "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"

  3. machinenoun

    an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently

    "the war machine"

  4. machine, simple machinenoun

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

  5. machine, political machinenoun

    a group that controls the activities of a political party

    "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"

  6. car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcarverb

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

    "he needs a car to get to work"

  7. machineverb

    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

  8. machineverb

    make by machinery

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


  1. machinenoun

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

  2. machinenoun

    A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.

  3. machinenoun

    An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.

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

  4. machinenoun

    A computer.

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

  5. machinenoun

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

  6. machinenoun

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

  7. machinenoun


  8. machineverb

    to make by machinery.

  9. machineverb

    to shape or finish by machinery.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MACHINEnoun

    Etymology: machina, Latin; machine, French.

    We are led to conceive this great machine of the world to have been once in a state of greater simplicity, as to conceive a watch to have been once in its first materials. Burnet.

    In a watch’s fine machine,
    The added movements which declare
    How full the moon, how old the year,
    Derive their secundary pow’r
    From that which simply points the hour. Matthew Prior.

    In the hollow side,
    Selected numbers of their soldiers hide;
    With inward arms the dire machine they load,
    And iron bowels stuff the dark abode. Dryden.

    The marvellous fable includes whatever is supernatural, and especially the machines of the gods. Alexander Pope.


  1. Machine

    A machine is a physical system using power to apply forces and control movement to perform an action. The term is commonly applied to artificial devices, such those employing engines or motors, but also to natural biological macromolecules, such as molecular machines. Machines can be driven by animals and people, by natural forces such as wind and water, and by chemical, thermal, or electrical power, and include a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. They can also include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, often called mechanical systems. Renaissance natural philosophers identified six simple machines which were the elementary devices that put a load into motion, and calculated the ratio of output force to input force, known today as mechanical advantage.Modern machines are complex systems that consist of structural elements, mechanisms and control components and include interfaces for convenient use. Examples include: a wide range of vehicles, such as automobiles, boats and airplanes; appliances in the home and office, including computers, building air handling and water handling systems; as well as farm machinery, machine tools and factory automation systems and robots.


  1. machine

    A machine is a device, equipment, or apparatus composed of one or more parts that uses energy to perform intended actions. It is typically designed to efficiently convert one type of energy into another to complete a particular task or duty. This can involve simple tasks like cooling or heating substances, to complex ones like computations and data processing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machinenoun

    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. Machinenoun

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

  3. Machinenoun

    a person who acts mechanically or at will of another

  4. Machinenoun

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

  5. Machinenoun

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

  6. Machinenoun

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

  7. Machineverb

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

  8. Etymology: [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.]

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

Anagrams for machine »

  1. Eichman

  2. chimane

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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. Parisa Tabriz:

    There's this idea that you need to be a super genius computer geek to be a hacker. But in reality, I think anybody can be a hacker in the real world -- just think of all the non-software examples, a lot of people ask me what's the best answer I've been given to the vending machine problem, and the real answer is there is none. Some people think about how they'd steal their favorite snack; some people figure out how to steal the entire machine of snacks; and some people figure out how they could add some sort of functionality to the machine that wasn't there before.

  2. Marilyn Monroe:

    An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.

  3. Elon Musk:

    The code base is like a Rube Goldberg machine, and when you zoom in on one part of the Rube Goldberg machine, there’s another Rube Goldberg machine, and then there’s another one, so it’s quite difficult to keep this thing running, and then also difficult to advance the product because it is really overly complex, to say the least.

  4. Elbert Hubbard:

    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

  5. Atlanta Police:

    Upon arrival, officers spoke with an employee who stated two males entered the location and destroyed a coin machine with a sledgehammer, once the suspects destroyed the machine, they proceeded to remove the cash box from inside the machine then fled the location in a dark grey in color Malibu with a drive out tag.

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