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simple machine

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Definition of simple machine in English:

noun

Mechanics
Any of the basic mechanical devices for applying a force, such as an inclined plane, wedge, or lever.
Example sentences
  • You build a simple machine which applies a gradually increasing force F to the centre of the beam while it is supported at its ends in a horizontal position.
  • Bandwidth, coupled with compression technologies, will be the coin of the realm, and if Archimedes were alive today, he would immediately recognize it as the lever in his simple machine.
  • The earliest treatise in mechanics, the Mechanical Problems ascribed to Aristotle, begins with problems having to do with a simple machine, the lever.

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