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au·tom·a·ton  (ô-tm-tn, -tn)
n. pl. au·tom·a·tons or au·tom·a·ta (-t)
1. A self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot.
2. One that behaves or responds in a mechanical way.

[Latin, self-operating machine, from Greek, from neuter of automatos, self-acting; see automatic.]

au·toma·tous adj.

automaton (ɔːˈtɒməˌtɒn; -tən)
n, pl -tons or -ta (-tə)
1. (General Engineering) a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
2. a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
[C17: from Latin, from Greek, from automatos spontaneous, self-moving]
auˈtomatous adj
au•tom•a•ton (ɔˈtɒm əˌtɒn, -tn)

n., pl. -tons, -ta (-tə).
1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
2. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
3. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
4. anything capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
[1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, n. use of neuter of autómatos self-acting =auto- auto-1 + -matos, v. adj. of memonénai to intend]
au•tom′a•tous, adj.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.automaton - someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
2.automaton - a mechanism that can move automaticallyautomaton - a mechanism that can move automatically
android, humanoid, mechanical man - an automaton that resembles a human being
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
automaton [ɔːˈtɒmətən] N (automatons, automata (pl)) → autómata m
automaton [ɔːˈtɒmətən] [automata] [ɔːˈtɒmətə] (pl) nautomate m
n pl <-s or automata> (= robot)Roboter m; (fig also)Automat m
automaton [ɔːˈtɒmətn] n (automatons or automata (pl)) [ɔːˈtɒmətə]automa m

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For an instant he seemed to see this unnatural contest between a dead intelligence and a breathing mechanism only as a spectator--such fancies are in dreams; then he regained his identity almost as if by a leap forward into his body, and the straining automaton had a directing will as alert and fierce as that of its hideous antagonist.
For the clearing off of these worthies, Mrs Podsnap added a small and early evening to the dinner, and looked in at the music-shop to bespeak a well-conducted automaton to come and play quadrilles for a carpet dance.
Yet, as previously hinted, this omnitooled, open-and-shut carpenter, was, after all, no mere machine of an automaton.
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