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Definition of Machine

Machine

  1. 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. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.
  3. A person who acts mechanically or at will of another.
  4. A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.
  5. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends.
  6. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  7. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.

Machine Quotations

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

I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building.
Edward Snowden

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Some people can't stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I'm a regular talking machine. It's all or nothing for me.
Celine Dion
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Machine Translations

machine in Afrikaans is masjien
machine in Dutch is machine
machine in Finnish is kone
machine in French is machine
machine in German is bearbeiten, Maschine
machine in Italian is ordigno
machine in Norwegian is maskin, maskin
machine in Swedish is maskin
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