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n., v. -chined, -chin•ing. n.
machine motor engine
A machine is a piece of equipment which uses electricity or some other form of power to perform a particular task.
When a machine operates by electricity, you refer to the part of the machine that converts power into movement as the motor.
You do not use 'machine' to refer to the part of a vehicle that provides the power that makes the vehicle move. This part of a car, bus, lorry, or plane is usually called the engine.
Past participle: machined
|Noun||1.||machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks|
assembly - a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit
bagger - a machine for putting objects or substances into bags
calender - a machine that smooths or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers
automated teller, automated teller machine, automatic teller, automatic teller machine, cash dispenser, cash machine, ATM - an unattended machine (outside some banks) that dispenses money when a personal coded card is used
comber - a machine that separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system - a machine for performing calculations automatically
cement mixer, concrete mixer - a machine with a large revolving drum in which cement is mixed with other materials to make concrete
corker - a machine that is used to put corks in bottles
decoder - a machine that converts a coded text into ordinary language
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
farm machine - a machine used in farming
franking machine - a machine that automatically stamps letters or packages passing through it and computes the total charge
machinery - machines or machine systems collectively
machine tool - a powered machine for cutting or shaping or finishing metals or other materials
milking machine - machine consisting of a suction apparatus for milking cows mechanically
motor - machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
perpetual motion machine - a machine that can continue to do work indefinitely without drawing energy from some external source; impossible under the law of conservation of energy
pile driver - a machine that drives piling into the ground
power tool - a tool driven by a motor
mechanical press, press - any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
phonograph, record player - machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
self-feeder, feeder - a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material; "the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock"
simulator - a machine that simulates an environment for the purpose of training or research
slicer - a machine for cutting; usually with a revolving blade
snow blower, snow thrower - a machine that removes snow by scooping it up and throwing it forcefully through a chute
sorter - a machine for sorting things (such as punched cards or letters) into classes
pestle, stamp - machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
stapler, stapling machine - a machine that inserts staples into sheets of paper in order to fasten them together
textile machine - a machine for making textiles
time machine - a science fiction machine that is supposed to transport people or objects into the past or the future
trimmer - a machine that trims timber
workhorse - machine that performs dependably under heavy use; "the IBM main frame computers have been the workhorse of the business world"
Zamboni - the trademark for a machine that smooths the ice in an ice-skating rink
|2.||machine - an efficient person; "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
|3.||machine - an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine"|
|4.||machine - a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point|
inclined plane - a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal
lever - a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
pulley, pulley block, pulley-block, block - a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
|5.||machine - a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"|
|6.||machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"|
accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, throttle, gas, gun - a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas"
air bag - a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward
alternator - an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)
ambulance - a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
auto accessory - an accessory for an automobile
automobile engine - the engine that propels an automobile
automobile horn, car horn, motor horn, hooter, horn - a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
backseat - a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, wagon - a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
bumper - a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
taxi, taxicab, cab, hack - a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
car door - the door of a car
car mirror - a mirror that the driver of a car can use
car seat - a seat in a car
car window - a window in a car
convertible - a car that has top that can be folded or removed
coupe - a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
cruiser, patrol car, police car, police cruiser, prowl car, squad car - a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters
fender, wing - a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; "in Britain they call a fender a wing"
first gear, low gear, low, first - the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
floorboard - the floor of an automobile
gas guzzler - a car with relatively low fuel efficiency
gasoline engine, petrol engine - an internal-combustion engine that burns gasoline; most automobiles are driven by gasoline engines
glove compartment - compartment on the dashboard of a car
hardtop - a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top
hatchback - a car having a hatchback door
high gear, high - a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
cowl, cowling, bonnet, hood - protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine; "there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine"
horseless carriage - an early term for an automobile; "when automobiles first replaced horse-drawn carriages they were called horseless carriages"
loaner - a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair
automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk - compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools; "he put his golf bag in the trunk"
minicar - a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car
minivan - a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car
Model T - the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927
|Verb||1.||machine - turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery|
|2.||machine - make by machinery; "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"|
"Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery" [Bertrand Russell Sceptical Essays: Machines and the Emotions]
machine age N → era f de las máquinas
machine code N (Comput) → lenguaje m (de) máquina
machine error N → error m de la máquina
machine gun N → ametralladora f
see also machine-gun machine gunner N → ametrallador m
machine intelligence N → inteligencia f artificial
machine language N → lenguaje m (de) máquina
machine operator N → operario/a m/f, maquinista mf
machine pistol N → metralleta f
machine shop N → taller m de máquinas
machine time N → tiempo m de máquina
machine tool N → máquina f herramienta
machine translation N → traducción f automática
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- Where is the ticket machine?
- How does the ticket machine work?
- The ticket machine isn't working
- How does the washing machine work?
- Is there a fax machine I can use?
- Is there an ATM here? (US)
Is there a cash machine here? (UK)
- Where is the nearest ATM? (US)
Where is the nearest cash machine? (UK)
- Can I use my card with this ATM? (US)
Can I use my card with this cash machine? (UK)
- The ATM swallowed my card (US)
The cash machine swallowed my card (UK)