- Any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
- An efficient person
"the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
- An intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
"the war machine"
- A device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
- simple machine
- A group that controls the activities of a political party
"he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
- political machine
- A motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
- car, auto, automobile, motorcar
- Turn, shape, mould, or otherwise finish by machinery
- Make by machinery
"The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
Derived forms: machining, machines, machined
Type of: automotive vehicle, create, device, forge, form, individual, make, mechanical device, mold [N. Amer], mortal, motor vehicle, mould [Brit, Cdn], organisation [Brit], organization, person, produce, shape, somebody, someone, soul, work
ANSWERING MACHINE, CASH MACHINE, DICTATION MACHINE, MAILING MACHINE, TAPE MACHINE, TICKER-TAPE MACHINE, VENDING MACHINE
1 [C] (often used in compounds)
a piece of equipment with moving parts that is designed to do a particular job and uses electricity, gas, wind power, etc. in order to operate:
a drilling/copying machine
How does this machine work?
The machine runs on solar power.
The stone is cut by machine.
a machine operator
⇨ FAX noun (1)
a heavy/large/powerful machine
◆ to install/service a machine
◆ to operate/run/start/stop/use a machine
◆ a machine breaks down/runs/works
a particular machine, when you do not refer to it by its full name, especially a computer:
The software will run on most desktop machines.
Can I borrow some money-the machine is out of cash
(= the cash machine)?
3 [C, usually sing.]
a group of people that control an organization or part of an organization:
the company's marketing machine
■ verb [+ obj]
to make or shape sth with a machine:
This material can be cut and machined easily.
We machine the part from a single piece of aluminium.
machining noun [U]:
the precision machining of aircraft parts
A combination of rigid or resistant bodies having definite motions and capable of performing useful work.
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.
- rick brought his machine over to collins.
- he imports machines from germany and japan.
- we understand these remarkable machines.
- all or part of the machine state is saved.
- dick's life is tied to machines.