Ma`chine´   Pronunciation: må`shēnd´
n.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 the 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; the Tammany machine.
6.Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
Elementary machine
a name sometimes given to one of the simple mechanical powers. See under Mechanical.
Infernal machine
See under Infernal.
Machine gun
See under Gun.
Machine screw
a screw or bolt adapted for screwing into metal, in distinction from one which is designed especially to be screwed into wood.
Machine shop
a workshop where machines are made, or where metal is shaped by cutting, filing, turning, etc.
Machine tool
a machine for cutting or shaping wood, metal, etc., by means of a tool; especially, a machine, as a lathe, planer, drilling machine, etc., designed for a more or less general use in a machine shop, in distinction from a machine for producing a special article as in manufacturing.
Machine twist
silken thread especially adapted for use in a sewing machine.
Machine work
work done by a machine, in contradistinction to that done by hand labor.
v. t.1.To subject to the action of machinery; to make, cut, shape, or modify with a machine; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.
[imp. & p. p. Machined (må*shēnd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Machining.]
Noun1.Machinemachine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
2.machine - an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine"
3.machine - an efficient person; "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
4.Machinemachine - 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
5.machine - a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
6.machine - a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
Synonyms: simple machine
Verb1.machine - turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
2.machine - make by machinery; "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"

MACHINE. A contrivance which serves to apply or regulate moving power; or it is a tool more or less complicated, which is used to render useful natural instruments, Clef. des Lois Rom. h.t.
     2. The act of congress gives to inventors the right to obtain a patent right for any new and useful improvement on any art, machine, manufacture, &c. Act of congress, July 4, 1836, s. 6. See Pet. C. C. 394; 3 Wash. C. C. 443; 1 Wash. C. C. 108; 1 Wash. C. C. 168; 1 Mason, 447; Paine, 300; 4 Wash. C. C. 538; 1 How. U. S., 202; S. C. 17 Pet. 228; 2 McLean, 176.

machine - Common term for "computer", usually when considered at the hardware level. The Turing Machine, an early example of this usage, was however neither hardware nor software, but only an idea.

American Party, Anti-Monopoly Party, Bull Moose Party, Bund, Communist Party, Composaline, Conservative Party, Constitutional Union Party, Democratic Party, Democratic-Republican Party, Diatype, Ditto, Elrod, Farmer-Labor Party, Federalist Party, Fotomatic, Fotosetter, Fototronic, Free Soil Party, Greenback Party, Intertype, Know-Nothing Party, Labour Party, Liberal Party, Liberal Republican Party, Liberty Party, Linotype, Monotype, Multigraph, National Republican Party, Photon, Populist Party, Progressive Party, Prohibition Party, Republican Party, Rochdale cooperative, Socialist Labor Party, Socialist Party, Socialist Workers Party, Tammany Hall, Teletype, Tory Party, Whig Party, Zip, addressing machine, alembic, alliance, anvil, apparatus, appliance, assemblage, association, auto, autocar, automaton, automobile, axis, band, bloc, boat, body, buggy, bus, cabal, caldron, camp, car, carve, chisel, city hall, clique, coalition, college, combination, combine, common market, confederacy, confederation, consumer cooperative, contraption, contrivance, convenience, convert, cooperative, cooperative society, corps, council, crate, credit union, crucible, cultivate, customs union, drive, duplicator, economic community, engine, enginery, extract, facility, faction, federation, fixture, free trade area, gadget, gang, gizmo, golem, group, grouping, grow, harvest, heap, hectograph, implement, instrument, jalopy, lathe, league, machinery, major party, make, manufacture, mechanical aid, mechanical device, mechanize, melting pot, mill, mimeograph, mine, minor party, mob, mortar, motive power, motor vehicle, motorcar, motorize, motorized vehicle, multiple party system, one-party system, opposition party, organization, partnership, party, party in power, phototypesetter, political machine, political party, power plant, power source, prime mover, process, pump, raise, rear, refine, retool, retort, ring, shape, sharpen, smelt, society, splinter party, stock ticker, system, teleprinter, teletypewriter, test tube, third party, ticker, tool, transducer, transformer, tub, two-party system, typewriter, union, utensil, utility, vehicle, voiture, wheels, wreck
Translate Machine to Spanish, Translate Machine to German, Translate Machine to French
-- Machine --
machine bolt
machine code
machine cycle
machine gun
machine gunner
machine language
machine learning
machine operation
machine pistol
machine politician
machine readable
machine readable dictionary
machine rifle
machine screw
machine shop
machine stitch
Definitions Index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

About this site and copyright information - Online Dictionary Home - Privacy Policy