Machine Definition

Define what is Machine?

1. machine (noun)

any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks.


    device noun
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose.


    assembly noun
    a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit.

    bagger noun
    a machine for putting objects or substances into bags.

    calculating machine, calculator noun
    a small machine that is used for mathematical calculations.

    calender noun
    a machine that smooths or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers.

    automated teller, automated teller machine, automatic teller, automatic teller machine, cash dispenser, cash machine, ATM noun
    an unattended machine (outside some banks) that dispenses money when a personal coded card is used.

    comber noun
    a machine that separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool.

    computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system noun
    a machine for performing calculations automatically.

    cement mixer, concrete mixer noun
    a machine with a large revolving drum in which cement is mixed with other materials to make concrete.

    corker noun
    a machine that is used to put corks in bottles.

    cotton gin, gin noun
    a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers.

    decoder noun
    a machine that converts a coded text into ordinary language.

    farm machine noun
    a machine used in farming.

    franking machine noun
    a machine that automatically stamps letters or packages passing through it and computes the total charge.

    hop-picker, hopper noun
    a machine used for picking hops.

    machinery noun
    machines or machine systems collectively.

    machine tool noun
    a powered machine for cutting or shaping or finishing metals or other materials.

    milking machine noun
    machine consisting of a suction apparatus for milking cows mechanically.

    motor noun
    machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion.

    paving machine, pavior, paviour noun
    a machine for laying pavement.

    perpetual motion machine noun
    a machine that can continue to do work indefinitely without drawing energy from some external source; impossible under the law of conservation of energy.

    pile driver noun
    a machine that drives piling into the ground.

    power shovel, digger, excavator, shovel noun
    a machine for excavating.

    power tool noun
    a tool driven by a motor.

    mechanical press, press noun
    any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids.

    printing press, press noun
    a machine used for printing.

    printing machine, printer noun
    a machine that prints.

    phonograph, record player noun
    machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically.

    riveting machine, riveter, rivetter noun
    a machine for driving rivets.

    self-feeder, feeder noun
    a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material.

    simulator noun
    a machine that simulates an environment for the purpose of training or research.

    slicer noun
    a machine for cutting; usually with a revolving blade.

    coin machine, slot machine noun
    a machine that is operated by the insertion of a coin in a slot.

    snow blower, snow thrower noun
    a machine that removes snow by scooping it up and throwing it forcefully through a chute.

    sorter noun
    a machine for sorting things (such as punched cards or letters) into classes.

    pestle, stamp noun
    machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores.

    staple gun, staplegun, tacker noun
    a hand-held machine for driving staples home.

    stapler, stapling machine noun
    a machine that inserts staples into sheets of paper in order to fasten them together.

    textile machine noun
    a machine for making textiles.

    time machine noun
    a science fiction machine that is supposed to transport people or objects into the past or the future.

    trimmer noun
    a machine that trims timber.

    workhorse noun
    machine that performs dependably under heavy use.

    Zamboni noun
    the trademark for a machine that smooths the ice in an ice-skating rink.

    2. machine (verb)

    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.


      SHAPE, mould, mold, form, forge, work verb
      make something, usually for a specific function.

      3. machine (noun)

      an efficient person.

      • the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine.

      individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul noun
      a human being.


      bionic man, bionic woman, cyborg noun
      a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices.

      4. machine (verb)

      make by machinery.

      • The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars.

      produce, create, make verb
      create or manufacture a man-made product.

      5. machine (noun)

      an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently.

      • the war machine.

      organization, organisation noun
      a group of people who work together.

      6. simple machine, machine (noun)

      a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point.

        Synonyms: simple machine

        mechanical device noun
        mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles.


        inclined plane noun
        a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal.

        lever noun
        a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum.

        pulley, pulley-block, pulley block, block noun
        a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope.

        wheel noun
        a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines).

        7. political machine, machine (noun)

        a group that controls the activities of a political party.

        • he was endorsed by the Democratic machine.

        organization, organisation noun
        a group of people who work together.

        8. auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine (noun)

        a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine.

        • he needs a car to get to work.

        automotive vehicle, motor vehicle noun
        a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails.


        ambulance noun
        a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals.

        beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, Wagon noun
        a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat.

        jalopy, heap, bus noun
        a car that is old and unreliable.

        taxi, taxicab, cab, hack noun
        a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money.

        compact car, compact noun
        a small and economical car.

        convertible noun
        a car that has top that can be folded or removed.

        coupe noun
        a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment.

        cruiser, patrol car, police car, police cruiser, prowl car, squad car noun
        a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters.

        electric, electric automobile, electric car noun
        a car that is powered by electricity.

        gas guzzler noun
        a car with relatively low fuel efficiency.

        hardtop noun
        a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top.

        hatchback noun
        a car having a hatchback door.

        horseless carriage noun
        an early term for an automobile.

        hot-rod, hot rod noun
        a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration.

        jeep, landrover noun
        a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain.

        limo, limousine noun
        large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur.

        loaner noun
        a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair.

        minicar noun
        a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car.

        minivan noun
        a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car.

        Model T noun
        the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927.

        pace car noun
        a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course.

        race car, racing car, racer noun
        a fast car that competes in races.

        roadster, runabout, two-seater noun
        an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat.

        sedan, saloon noun
        a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors.

        sport car, sports car noun
        a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons.

        S.U.V., sport utility, sport utility vehicle, SUV noun
        a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis.

        Stanley Steamer noun
        a steam-powered automobile.

        stock car noun
        a car kept in dealers' stock for regular sales.

        subcompact, subcompact car noun
        a car smaller than a compact car.

        phaeton, touring car, tourer noun
        large open car seating four with folding top.

        secondhand car, used-car noun
        a car that has been previously owned; not a new car.

        Nearby Terms

        machine bolt (noun)
        a bolt with a square or hexagonal head on one end and a threaded shaft on the other end; tightened with a wrench; used to connect metal parts

        machine code (noun)
        a set of instructions coded so that the computer can use it directly without further translation

        machine gun (noun)
        a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)

        machine gunner (noun)
        a serviceman in the artillery

        machine language (noun)
        a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers

        machine operation (noun)
        an elementary operation that a computer is designed and built to perform

        machine pistol (noun)
        a fully automatic pistol; a small submachine gun

        machine politician (noun)
        a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

        machine readable (adjective)
        suitable for feeding directly into a computer

        machine readable dictionary (noun)
        a machine-readable version of a standard dictionary; organized alphabetically

        machine rifle (noun)
        light machine gun

        machine screw (noun)
        a screw used either with a nut or with a tapped hole; slotted head can be driven by a screwdriver

        machine shop (noun)
        workshop where metal is cut and shaped etc., by machine tools

        machine stitch (noun)
        a sewing stitch made by a sewing machine, sometimes using more than one thread

        machine tool (noun)
        a powered machine for cutting or shaping or finishing metals or other materials