What is machine?

  • (noun): Any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A machine is a powered tool consisting of one or more parts that is constructed 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.

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Technical (vehicle) - History
... earlier, to the horse-drawn tachankas mounting machine guns in eastern Europe and Russia ... in the deserts of Egypt, Libya and Chad using unarmored motor vehicles, often fitted with machine guns and cannon of various types ... this time fitted with a single.50 caliber Browning machine gun ...
Machine - Impact - Automata
... An automaton (plural automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine ... The word is sometimes used to describe a robot, more specifically an autonomous robot ...
... that had been pioneered on the IAS machine ... After two "rescues" from the scrap heap, the machine currently resides at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California ... Like the IAS machine, JOHNNIAC used 40-bit words, and included 1024 words of Selectron tube main memory, each holding 256 bits of data ...
Automated Teller Machine - History
... been credited with developing and building the first automatic teller machine (which didn't dispense cash) ... The rollout of this machine, called Bankograph, was delayed by a couple of years, due in part to Simjian's Reflectone Electronics Inc ... The Bankograph was an automated envelope deposit machine (accepting coins, cash and cheques) and did not have cash dispensing features ...
Isaac Singer - First Inventions
... In 1839, Singer obtained his first patent, for a machine to drill rock, selling it for $2,000 to the I M Canal Building Company ... He developed and patented a "machine for carving wood and metal" on April 10, 1849 ... hoping to market his wood-block cutting machine there ...

More definitions of "machine":

  • (noun): 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine.
    Synonyms: car, auto, automobile, motorcar
  • (verb): Turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.
  • (noun): An intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently.
    Example: "The war machine"
  • (verb): Make by machinery.
    Example: "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
  • (noun): A device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point.
    Synonyms: simple machine
  • (noun): An efficient person.
    Example: "The boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
  • (noun): A group that controls the activities of a political party.
    Example: "He was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
    Synonyms: political machine

Famous quotes containing the word machine:

    Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
    Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915)

    He is no more than the chief officer of the people, appointed by the laws, and circumscribed with definite powers, to assist in working the great machine of government erected for their use, and consequently subject to their superintendence.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)