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Related to automaton: Cellular automaton, Pushdown automaton
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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||automaton - someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"|
|2.||automaton - a mechanism that can move automatically|
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function