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Definition of "machines" []

  • An assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work (noun)
  • 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)
  • Plural form of machine. (noun)

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  • Third-person singular simple present indicative form of machine. (verb)

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Use "machines" in a sentence
  • "As part of the testing for our continuously updated ratings of front-loading and top-loading washing machines (available to subscribers), we recently reviewed three washing machines* with these odor-fighting features."
  • "As part of the testing for our continuously updated ratings of front-loading and top-loading washing machines available to subscribers, we recently reviewed three washing machines* with these odor-fighting features."
  • "For centuries, people had developed various calculating machines and other mechanical devices, and in the early 20th century “business machines” performed accounting and calculating functions."