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Definition of 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

The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative.
Elon Musk

The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon... it sounds romantic, but it's true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.
Antoine Predock

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.

It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine slow.
Craig Bruce

I want to get a vending machine, with fun sized candy bars, and the glass in front is a magnifying glass. You'll be mad, but it will be too late.
Mitch Hedberg
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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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