Definition of robot in English:

robot

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊbɒt
 
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noun

  • 1A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer: half of all American robots are making cars or trucks [as modifier]: a robot arm
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    • Science and design also are brought together with interactive robots and large-scale computer graphics.
    • Now that robots and computer simulations are replacing bench science, architects are giving researchers new laboratory environments that facilitate the exchange of ideas and bring together experts of many disciplines.
    • Another robot grabs and places a wooden pallet, then lays down a cardboard slip sheet before stacking cases two at a time for a total of 40 on each pallet, which are then stretchwrapped.
  • 1.1(Especially in science fiction) a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically: the robot closed the door behind us
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    • Thirty-one years from now, in 2035, there is one robot for every five human beings.
    • We will see a time where humans and robots coexist without complicated interpersonal family issues or blind machine prejudice.
    • As we discover near the film's conclusion, he has apparently developed an ability to create the robots based on pre-existing human forms.
  • 1.2A person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner: public servants are not expected to be mindless robots
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    • People cannot do that unless they're living in a dictatorship and want to be dictated to behave like robots.
    • The lead character changed physically, reinforcing his point that no matter what physical changes we can undergo we're all just genetically programmed robots here.
    • Movies are not computers, and we're not robots, though the industry likes to think that.
  • 2 another term for crawler (in the computing sense).
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    • Search engine robots are automated programs that traverse the web, indexing page content and following links.
    • What's good for the visitor is often good for the search engine robots.
  • 3South African A set of automatic traffic lights: waiting at a robot I caught the eye of a young woman

Origin

from Czech, from robota 'forced labour'. The term was coined in K. Čapek's play R.U.R. 'Rossum's Universal Robots' (1920).

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