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like a machine in uniform pattern of operation.
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Adj.1.machinelike - resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine; "an automatic `thank you'"; "machinelike efficiency"
mechanical - using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices; "a mechanical process"; "his smile was very mechanical"; "a mechanical toy"
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The Open champion's machinelike accuracy comes to the fore when the wind picks up, as it can on the Monterey peninsula.
His dream is to be able to speak using something akin to his own voice rather than the machinelike sounding voice box.
Another tack is to argue first that organisms are machinelike in the sense that they have shapes and are arranged in such fashion that they communicate motion to one another based on surface contacts.
Upon entering, the gallery floor is dominated by two machinelike installations by Neil Beloufa.
* Football teams use systematic teamwork, working in platoons and small groups to act as machinelike as possible.
Gaudet found that EHR use during the patient encounter was limited in three categories: "interruptions, a game of tag, and machinelike interactions" (p.
Damasio concluded that although we think decision-making is rational and machinelike, it's our emotions that enable us to actually decide.
According to Baltic, the machinelike quality of Toni's work reflects "key ideas related to gender roles and hierarchies within society".
Eventually, they began reducing workers' behavior to a series of machinelike actions.
(14) Not yet Stanislavsky's method acting, Irving's "natural acting" looks for a middle ground between an actor too intimately identifying with the character and one becoming too machinelike. "It is not mere attitude or tone that has to be studied," he says, but "you must be moved by the impulse of your being; you must impersonate and not recite." (15) The actor, according to Irving, should balance the impersonation so that it feels real enough to move the audience but not real enough to allow the actor to forget that it is a role.
In Wills's understanding of the term, 'inanimation' refers to the machinelike or mechanical starting-point of many organic lifeforms and their proliferation (Derrida's 'Life death' concept, broadly speaking), but also to the process of 'inanimation' from the verb 'to inanimate'--to imbue with life.
It is also more likely that we will be able to emotionally relate to a robot that exhibits humanlike behaviors than one with more machinelike behavior.