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machine British & World English

An apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task

machine English Thesaurus

a special pincer machine for this work

ice machine British & World English

A machine for making ice artificially

machine gun British & World English

An automatic gun that fires bullets in rapid succession for as long as the trigger is pressed

war machine British & World English

The military resources of a country organized for waging war

bank machine British & World English

Another term for cash dispenser.

cash machine British & World English

Another term for automated teller machine.

drum machine British & World English

A programmable electronic device able to imitate the sounds of a drum kit

fruit machine British & World English

A coin-operated gaming machine that generates random combinations of symbols (typically representing fruit) on a dial, certain combinations winning varying amounts of money for the player

machine code British & World English

A computer programming language consisting of binary or hexadecimal instructions which a computer can respond to directly

machine head British & World English

Each of the small pegs on the head of a guitar, used for tightening the strings

machine-like British & World English

Resembling a machine; mechanical

machine screw British & World English

A fastening device similar to a bolt but having a socket in its head which allows it to be turned with a screwdriver

machine tool British & World English

A fixed powered tool such as a lathe, for cutting or shaping metal, wood, or other material

slot machine British & World English

A vending machine selling small items

snow machine British & World English

Another term for snowmobile.

state machine British & World English

A device which can be in one of a set number of stable conditions depending on its previous condition and on the present values of its inputs

tape machine British & World English

A tape recorder

time machine British & World English

(In science fiction) a machine capable of transporting a person backwards or forwards in time

wave machine British & World English

A machine that creates waves in the water in a swimming pool

wind machine British & World English

A machine used in the theatre or in film-making for producing a blast of air or imitating the sound of wind

bathing machine British & World English

A wheeled hut drawn to the edge of the sea, used for changing in and bathing from

flying machine British & World English

An aircraft, especially an early or unconventional one

gaming machine British & World English

A machine on which one plays games of chance for money

kidney machine British & World English

An apparatus that performs the functions of the human kidney (outside the body), when one or both organs are damaged; an artificial kidney or dialysis machine

lapping machine British & World English

A machine with a rotating abrasive disc for polishing gems, metal, and optical glass

machine-driven British & World English

Operated or controlled by a machine or machinery

machine minder British & World English

A person who operates a machine

rowing machine British & World English

An exercise machine with oars and a sliding seat, for exercising the muscles used in rowing

sewing machine British & World English

A machine with a mechanically driven needle for sewing or stitching cloth

simple machine British & World English

Any of the basic mechanical devices for applying a force, such as an inclined plane, wedge, or lever

Turing machine British & World English

A mathematical model of a hypothetical computing machine which can use a predefined set of rules to determine a result from a set of input variables

vending machine British & World English

A machine that dispenses small articles such as food, drinks, or cigarettes when a coin or token is inserted

voting machine British & World English

(Especially in the US) a machine for the automatic registering of votes

washing machine British & World English

A machine for washing clothes, bed linen, etc.

answering machine British & World English

A tape recorder or digital device which supplies a recorded answer to a telephone call and can record a message from the caller

cigarette machine British & World English

A slot machine that dispenses cigarettes

franking machine British & World English

A machine used for franking a letter or parcel

heart-lung machine British & World English

A machine that temporarily takes over the functions of the heart and lungs, especially during heart surgery

knitting machine British & World English

A machine with a bank of needles on which garments can be knitted

machine-readable British & World English

(Of data) in a form that a computer can process

machine washable British & World English

(Of clothes or other fabric articles) able to be washed in a washing machine without damage

teaching machine British & World English

A machine or computer that gives instruction to a pupil according to a program, reacting to their responses

threshing machine British & World English

A power-driven machine for separating the grain from corn or other crops


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