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Definition of machine:

  1. A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.
  2. A person who acts mechanically or at will of another.
  3. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends.
  4. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.
  5. In general, any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, etc.; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts, or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams, etc., with their supports and connecting framework, calculated to constitute a prime mover, or to receive force and motion from a prime mover or from another machine, and transmit, modify, and apply them to the production of some desired mechanical effect or work, as weaving by a loom, or the excitation of electricity by an electrical machine.
  6. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  7. To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.

Synonyms:

mechanism, railcar, movement, auto, weapon, car, elevator car, political machine, simple machine, ring, robot, computer, railway car, party, motor, automobile, grind, railroad car, press, organization, automaton, drudge, laborer, gang, cable car, motorcar, gondola.

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