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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"
machine, simple machine (noun)
a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
machine, political machine (noun)
a group that controls the activities of a political party
"he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar (verb)
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
"he needs a car to get to work"
turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
make by machinery
"The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment.
A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization.
to make by machinery.
to shape or finish by machinery.
A machine is a tool that consists of one or more parts, and uses energy to achieve a particular goal. Machines are usually powered by mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical means, and are frequently motorized. Historically, a powered tool also required moving parts to classify as a machine; however, the advent of electronics technology has led to the development of powered tools without moving parts that are considered machines. A simple machine is a device that simply transforms the direction or magnitude of a force, but a large number of more complex machines exist. Examples include vehicles, electronic systems, molecular machines, computers, television, and radio.
A machine is a physical system using power to apply forces and control movement to perform an action. The term is commonly applied to artificial devices, such those employing engines or motors, but also to natural biological macromolecules, such as molecular machines. Machines can be driven by animals and people, by natural forces such as wind and water, and by chemical, thermal, or electrical power, and include a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. They can also include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, often called mechanical systems. Renaissance natural philosophers identified six simple machines which were the elementary devices that put a load into motion, and calculated the ratio of output force to input force, known today as mechanical advantage.Modern machines are complex systems that consist of structural elements, mechanisms and control components and include interfaces for convenient use. Examples include: a wide range of vehicles, such as automobiles, boats and airplanes; appliances in the home and office, including computers, building air handling and water handling systems; as well as farm machinery, machine tools and factory automation systems and robots.