automaton

[n] - someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way 2. [n] - a mechanism that can move automatically
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Automaton

Au·tom'a·ton noun ; plural Latin Automata English Automatons [ Latin from Greek ..., neut. of ... self-moving; ... self + a root ma , man , to strive, think, confer ... to strive. See Mean , intransitive verb ] 1. Any thing ...
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automaton

Origin: L. Fr. Gr, neut. Of self-moving; self + a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. To strive. See Mean, v. I. ... 1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. 'So great and admirable an automaton as the world.' (Boyle) 'These living automata, human bodies.' (Boyle) ... 2. A self-moving machine, or one which...
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automaton

robot noun a mechanism that can move automatically
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Automaton

• (v. i.) Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. • (v. i.) A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc.
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automaton

any of various mechanical objects that are relatively self-operating after they have been set in motion. The term automaton is also applied to a ... [1 related articles]
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automaton

automaton (s), automata (pl) 1. A self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot. 2. A mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power. 3. Someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; 'only an automaton wouldn't have noticed'. Also, zombi, zombie. 4. A person or animal that acts in...
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automaton

self-acting artificial system, whose behaviour is governed either in a stepwise manner by given decision rules or continuously by defined relations, and whose output variables are created from its input and state variables NOTE 1 - An essential characteristic of a program controlled automaton is the existence of at least one branching in the progra...
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automaton

automaton: see robot; robotics.
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automaton

Mechanical figure imitating human or animal performance. Automatons are usually designed for aesthetic appeal as opposed to purely functional robots. The writings of Ctesibius of Alexandria in the 3nd century BC show that in his time there was already a long tradition of building automata, such as model birds that sang or flapped their wings. A Chi...
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automaton

one mechanically going through the motions but without feeling or emotion
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Automaton

An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine. ==Etymology== The word `automation` is the latinization of the Greek αὐτόματον, automaton, (neuter) `acting of one`s own will`. This word was first used by Homer to describe automatic door opening, or automatic movement of wheeled tripods. It is more often us...
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automaton

a mechanism that can move independently of external control
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