Definition of Machine in English :

Define Machine in English

Machine meaning in English

Meaning of Machine in English

Pronunciation of Machine in English

Machine pronunciation in English

Pronounce Machine in English


see synonyms of machine


1. machine

any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

2. machine

an efficient person

Example Sentences:
'the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine'

3. machine

an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently

Example Sentences:
'the war machine'

4. machine, simple machine

a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point

5. machine, political machine

a group that controls the activities of a political party

Example Sentences:
'he was endorsed by the Democratic machine'

6. auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

Example Sentences:
'he needs a car to get to work'


7. machine

turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

8. machine

make by machinery

Example Sentences:
'The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of machine
an assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work
2. Also called: simple machine
a device for altering the magnitude or direction of a force, esp a lever, screw, wedge, or pulley
a mechanically operated device or means of transport, such as a car, aircraft, etc
any mechanical or electrical device that automatically performs tasks or assists in performing tasks
a. (modifier)
denoting a firearm that is fully automatic as distinguished from semiautomatic
(in combination)
machine pistol
machine gun
any intricate structure or agency
the war machine
a mechanically efficient, rigid, or obedient person
an organized body of people that controls activities, policies, etc
(esp in the classical theatre) a device such as a pulley to provide spectacular entrances and exits for supernatural characters
an event, etc, introduced into a literary work for special effect
11. (transitive)
to shape, cut, or remove (excess material) from (a workpiece) using a machine tool
to use a machine to carry out a process on (something)

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see synonyms of machine
1.  Rare
a structure or built-up fabric of any kind
a vehicle, as an automobile, bicycle, etc.
a structure consisting of a framework and various fixed and moving parts, for doing some kind of work; mechanism
a sewing machine
any device thought of as functioning in such a way, as as electronic computer or a device for automatically answering telephone calls
a person or organization regarded as acting like a machine, without thought or will
a complex organization coordinated to function in a smooth, effective way
the military machine
5.  US
the members of a political party or group who control policy and confer patronage
the party organization generally
a device or apparatus, as in the ancient theater, for producing stage effects
7.  Archaic
a literary device for dramatic effect, as a supernatural agent or force introduced into a poem
8.  Mechanics
a device, as a lever or pulley, that transmits, or changes the application of, energy
of or for a machine or machines
made or done by machinery
standardized; stereotyped
verb transitiveWord forms: maˈchined or maˈchining
to make, shape, finish, etc. by machinery

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of machine
Of, relating to, or felt to resemble a machine: machine repairs; machine politics.
v. ma·chined, ma·chin·ing, ma·chines
To cut, shape, or finish by machine.
To be cut, shaped, or finished by machine: This metal machines easily.
a. A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form.
2. A system or device for doing work, as an automobile or jackhammer, together with its power source and auxiliary equipment.
3. A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task: The machine is down.
4. An intricate natural system or organism, such as the human body.
5. A person who acts in a rigid, mechanical, or unconscious manner.
6. An organized group of people whose members are or appear to be under the control of one or more leaders: a political machine.
a. A device used to produce a stage effect, especially a mechanical means of lowering an actor onto the stage.
b. A literary device used to produce an effect, especially the introduction of a supernatural being to resolve a plot.
8. An answering machine: Leave a message on my machine if I'm not home.

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