[mə'ʃiːn] or [mə'ʃin]


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

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

(noun.) a group that controls the activities of a political party; 'he was endorsed by the Democratic machine'.

(noun.) an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; 'the war machine'.

(noun.) an efficient person; 'the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine'.

(verb.) make by machinery; 'The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars'.

(verb.) turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.

录入:库尔特--From WordNet


(n.) 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.

(n.) Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.

(n.) A person who acts mechanically or at will of another.

(n.) A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.

(n.) A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends.

(n.) Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.

(v. t.) To subject to the action of machinery; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.



n. Engine, piece of mechanism.



n. any artificial means or contrivance: any instrument for the conversion of motion: an engine: a coach or conveyance of any kind: one who can do only what he is told: a contrivance in the ancient Greek theatre for indicating a change of scene by means of which a god might cross the stage or deliver a divine message—whence the expression Deus ex machĭna for a sudden interposition of Providence: any literary contrivance for the development of a plot: supernatural agency in a poem.—v.t. to use machinery for esp. to print or sew by such: to make by means of machinery.—ns. Machine′-gun a gun firing a great many shots one after the other sometimes as many as 1000 per minute; Machine′-man a man who manages the working of a machine esp. in a printing-office; Machin′ery machines in general: the working parts of a machine: combined means for keeping anything in action or for producing a desired result; Machine′-shop a workshop where machines are made; Machine′-tool an adjustable machine for doing work with cutting-tools or one utilising minor tools as a planing- drilling-machine &c.; Machine′-work work done by a machine; Machin′ist a constructor of machines: one well versed in machinery: one who works a machine.





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