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 (ô-tŏm′ə-tŏn′, -tən)
n. pl. au·tom·a·tons or au·tom·a·ta (-tə)
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·tom′a·tous adj.


(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


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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insan şeklinde robot


[ɔːˈtɒmətən] N (automatons, automata (pl)) → autómata m


[ɔːˈtɒmətən] [automata] [ɔːˈtɒmətə] (pl) nautomate m


n pl <-s or automata> (= robot)Roboter m; (fig also)Automat m


[ɔːˈtɒmətn] n (automatons or automata (pl)) [ɔːˈtɒmətə]automa m


(oːtəˈmatik) adjective
1. (of a machine etc) working by itself. an automatic washing-machine.
2. (of an action) without thinking. an automatic response.
a self-loading gun. He has two automatics and a rifle.
ˈautomated (-mei-) adjective
working by automation.
ˌautoˈmatically adverb
This machine works automatically; He answered automatically.
ˌautoˈmation noun
(in factories etc) the use of machines, especially to work other machines. Automation has resulted in people losing their jobs.
automaton (oːˈtomətən) plurals auˈtomata (-tə) , auˈtomatons noun
a human-shaped machine that can be operated to move by itself.
References in classic literature ?
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.
He treated her with the strictest politeness, but with the precision of an automaton, the movements of which had been arranged for this purpose.
The place was the hospital, or segregation ward, and a week of imprisonment was spent therein, in which nothing happened in the way of development of germ diseases, and nothing happened to him except regular good food, pure drinking-water, and absolute isolation from contact with all life save the youth-god who, like an automaton, attended on him.
Julian gave the word of command, addressing the admirably constructed automaton by the name of "James.
Mr Verloc obeyed woodenly, stony-eyed, and like an automaton whose face had been painted red.
You really are an automaton,--a calculating-machine
She arose with the abrupt stiffness of an automaton, poured herself a cup of cold coffee, and in the same jerky way sat down again.
He was like a soldierly automaton, or rather, like a magnificent marionette.
Once a man who was strong and in all the power of his manhood came because a persistent aching troubled him and his club-doctor did not seem to do him any good; and the verdict for him too was death, not the inevitable death that horrified and yet was tolerable because science was helpless before it, but the death which was inevitable because the man was a little wheel in the great machine of a complex civilisation, and had as little power of changing the circumstances as an automaton.
They move to their terrible end as automatons move.