Machine

Definition of Machine

Ma`chine´   Pronunciation: må`shēnd´
n.1.In general, any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, etc.; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts, or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams, etc., with their supports and connecting framework, calculated to constitute a prime mover, or to receive force and motion from a prime mover or from another machine, and transmit, modify, and apply them to the production of some desired mechanical effect or work, as weaving by a loom, or the excitation of electricity by an electrical machine.
2.Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.
3.A person who acts mechanically or at the will of another.
4.A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.
The whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive.
- Landor.
5.A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends; the Tammany machine.
6.Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
Elementary machine
a name sometimes given to one of the simple mechanical powers. See under Mechanical.
Infernal machine
See under Infernal.
Machine gun
See under Gun.
Machine screw
a screw or bolt adapted for screwing into metal, in distinction from one which is designed especially to be screwed into wood.
Machine shop
a workshop where machines are made, or where metal is shaped by cutting, filing, turning, etc.
Machine tool
a machine for cutting or shaping wood, metal, etc., by means of a tool; especially, a machine, as a lathe, planer, drilling machine, etc., designed for a more or less general use in a machine shop, in distinction from a machine for producing a special article as in manufacturing.
Machine twist
silken thread especially adapted for use in a sewing machine.
Machine work
work done by a machine, in contradistinction to that done by hand labor.
v. t.1.To subject to the action of machinery; to make, cut, shape, or modify with a machine; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.
[imp. & p. p. Machined (må*shēnd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Machining.]

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