v. t.1.To cause to become mechanical.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The encasing of an actor, however, does not make the Uber-marionette any more human than a "black figure" acting in place of the human actor; on the contrary, it was designed to de-humanize and mechanicalize the human actor by the very act of encasing him "so he could make none but graceful, slow, sweeping gestures" (Carr, "Perfect Drama" 3), just as Craig himself revealed to Cotton of his little "creatures" that were designed to replace the human actor and to perform the simplest, the most typical, beautiful, and rhythmical gestures.
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