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sim·ple ma·chine

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  1. machine, simple machinenoun

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


  1. simple machinenoun

    A device that only requires the application of a single force to work.


  1. simple machine

    A simple machine is a fundamental mechanical device that transforms the direction or magnitude of a force. They usually have few or no moving parts and utilize basic mechanical principles to function. Examples include the lever, inclined plane, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge, and screw.


  1. Simple machine

    A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. In general, a simple machine can be defined as one of the simplest mechanisms that provide mechanical advantage. Usually the term refers to the six classical simple machines which were defined by Renaissance scientists: ⁕Lever ⁕Wheel and axle ⁕Pulley ⁕Inclined plane ⁕Wedge ⁕Screw A simple machine is an elementary device that has a specific movement, which can be combined with other devices and movements to form a machine. Thus simple machines are considered to be the "building blocks" of more complicated machines. This analytical view of machines as decomposable into simple machines first arose in the Renaissance as a neoclassical amplification of ancient Greek texts on technology, and is still a central part of engineering in today's age of applied science. For example, wheels, levers, and pulleys are all used in the mechanism of a bicycle. Between the simple machines and complex assemblies, several intermediate classes can be defined, which may be termed "compound machines" or "machine elements". The mechanical advantage of a compound machine is simply the product of the mechanical advantages of the simple machines of which it is composed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple machine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple machine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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