- 1An apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task: a fax machineMore example sentences
- Waves over 25 ft high destroyed homes along the Florida coast and a nursing home lost all power meaning desperately-needed oxygen machines could not function.
- I find that he cannot now perform the machine programming functions which mainly occupied him during his twenty-two years with his former employer.
- If you hear the hard disk working furiously and the green light on the front of the computer is very busy, then the machine is performing a task.
- 1.1 [with modifier] A coin-operated dispenser: a cigarette machineMore example sentences
- If candy machine builders get too gloomy, they may stop building machines.
- So how do we apply for a grant to get a nicotine patch dispenser machine fitted in the bus shelter?
- To use the electric shock machine cost one penny, but friends would join hands so that a number of people could all experience the shock for the same penny.
- 1.2 • technical Any device that transmits a force or directs its application.More example sentences
- The application of useful machines and tools was thus equated with not just material progress but cultural development.
- It seems these little solar powered machines have applications that reach far beyond the motor car.
- The Enigma machine is an electro-mechanical device for scrambling plain text invented by the Germans in 1918.
- 1.3An efficient and well-organized group of powerful people: the party’s fund-raising is helping it to build a formidable political machineMore example sentences
- An alliance of the most powerful and violent military machines in the world will never bring peace.
- Local government was controlled by one of the most powerful political machines in the nation, and that machine was largely the province of one man.
- For all the claims of ‘control freakery’, the evidence seems to reveal a government machine influenced by a powerful sense of things being out of control.
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- Make or operate on with a machine: (as adjective machined) a decoratively machined brass rodMore example sentences
- The bottom-water sampler was a slender, reinforced rod with finely machined discs of brass at either end.
- Made of brass, it was machined specifically to each caliber chambered in the 99 so that feeding cartridges was smooth, flawless and in a straight line.
- Kalyani's Bharat Forge - which supplies high value added products like machined crankshafts and connecting rods - already has a niche in the Chinese market.
mid 16th century (originally denoting a structure): from French, via Latin from Doric Greek makhana (Greek mēkhanē, from mēkhos 'contrivance').