Definition of "machine" []

  • A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form. (noun)
  • A simple device, such as a lever, a pulley, or an inclined plane, that alters the magnitude or direction, or both, of an applied force; a simple machine. (noun)
  • A system or device for doing work, as an automobile or a jackhammer, together with its power source and auxiliary equipment. (noun)
  • A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task: The machine is down. (noun)
  • An intricate natural system or organism, such as the human body. (noun)
  • An assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force, esp a lever, screw, wedge, or pulley (noun)
  • A mechanically operated device or means of transport, such as a car, aircraft, etc (noun)
  • Any mechanical or electrical device that automatically performs tasks or assists in performing tasks (noun)
  • Denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • Any intricate structure or agency (noun)
  • A mechanically efficient, rigid, or obedient person (noun)
  • An organized body of people that controls activities, policies, etc (noun)
  • (esp in the classical theatre) a device such as a pulley to provide spectacular entrances and exits for supernatural characters (noun)
  • An event, etc, introduced into a literary work for special effect (noun)
  • To shape, cut, or remove (excess material) from (a workpiece) using a machine tool (verb)
  • To use a machine to carry out a process on (something) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "machine" in a sentence
  • "That to steer a machine so constructed, it is merely necessary to move the point of attachment of car to _machine_ proper, out of the center of plane of support in the desired direction, and thus cause the plane of support or rotation of propellers to incline in that direction."
  • "To say, _This machine is the BEST OF ANY machine_ (or _any other machine_), is wrong, because all machines are meant, not one machine or some machines."
  • "To say, _This machine is BETTER THAN ANY machine_, is incorrect, but to say, _This machine is better THAN ANY OTHER machine_, is correct."