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A plural of automaton.


a plural of automaton


(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.
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I'll book you both for my colony; you'll like it there; it's a Factory where I'm going to turn groping and grubbing automata into MEN.
He also invented those automata, dressed like the Sultan and resembling the Sultan in all respects,[13] which made people believe that the Commander of the Faithful was awake at one place, when, in reality, he was asleep elsewhere.
Navi, "New modules for quantum-dot cellular automata AND & OR gates," Canadian Journal on Electrical and Electronics Engineering, vol.
The most successful techniques for modeling RTS are Timed Automat (TA) Alur & Dill (1994), Event Clock Automata (ECA) Alur & Henzinger (1998) and Recursive Event Clock Automata (RECA) Henzinger et al.
The essays helpfully contextualize the study of automata in a range of early modern philosophical, aesthetic, and religious discourses and practices: Cartesian metaphysics and Lucretian atomism, botany and hylozoism, the Protestant distrust of liturgical set forms, royal pageantry, and anti-theatrical sentiment.
The Front Line is the second volume in Cooke's The Automata Wars series.
Council leader, Councillor Bob Cook and Chair of Stockton Town Team, Joanna Wake with a model of the winning automata.
They are routinely used in a wide range of fields, and here computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians, and other contributors introduce the fundamentals of automata theory.
In this paper we suggest an improvement of the last model of push-down automata to avoid these problems.
Based on the analysis of the existing mathematical solutions, we have chosen the methods of automata theory in developing the model and the operation process of the digital device to ensure visualization and practical value [4].
Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History