machine

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Borrowing from Middle French machine, from Latin machina (a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick), from Ancient Greek μαχανά (makhaná), Doric spelling of μηχανή (mēkhanḗ, a machine, engine, contrivance, device).

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machine (plural machines)

  1. A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly): 
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  2. (archaic) A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
  3. (telephony, abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
    I called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.
  4. (computing) A computer.
    Game developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.
  5. (figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
    Bruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons.
    The government has become a money-making machine.
  6. Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
    • Landor
      The whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive.
  7. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
  8. (euphemistic, obsolete) Penis.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 3
      He now resumes his attempts in more form: first, he put one of the pillows under me, to give the blank of his aim a more favourable elevation, and another under my head, in ease of it; then spreading my thighs, and placing himself standing between them, made them rest upon his hips; applying then the point of his machine to the slit, into which he sought entrance.

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machine (third-person singular simple present machines, present participle machining, simple past and past participle machined)

  1. to make by machinery.
  2. to shape or finish by machinery.

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  • IPA(key): /mɑˈʃinə/
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  • Hyphenation: ma‧chi‧ne

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machine f (plural machines, diminutive machientje n or machinetje n)

  1. machine (mechanical or electrical device)

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin machina (a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick), from Ancient Greek μαχανά (makhaná).

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machine f (plural machines)

  1. machine, device (clarification of this French definition is being sought)
  2. (slang) very proficient person
    Ce type, c'est une vraie machine !

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