machine

machine

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English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French machine, from Latin māchina (a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick), from Doric Greek μᾱχᾰνᾱ́ (mākhanā́), cognate with Attic Greek μηχᾰνή (mēkhanḗ, a machine, engine, contrivance, device), from which comes mechanical.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /məˈʃiːn/
  • Rhymes: -iːn

Noun

machine (plural machines)

  1. A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.
  2. (dated) A vehicle operated mechanically, such as an automobile or an airplane.
  3. (telephony, abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
  4. (computing) A computer.
  5. (figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
  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. (politics, chiefly US) The system of special interest groups that supports a political party, especially in urban areas.
    • 1902, The Friend
      A machine politician cannot see why the straight ticket (as be and his clique of party bosses prepare it) should not be voted by every citizen belonging to that party.
    • 2006, Jerry F. Hough, Changing Party Coalitions: The Mystery of the Red State-blue State Alignment, Algora Publishing →ISBN, page 37
      In essence, therefore, the right-fork strategy of the Democrats meant an alliance of the South with the political machines built on the non-Protestant immigrants in key Northeastern states.
    • 2013, Paul M. Green, Melvin G. Holli, The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, fourth edition, SIU Press →ISBN, page 126
      He was thrust into a political maelstrom for which he was ill-prepared, and yet he was, most notably, the Chicago machine's political savior.
  9. (euphemistic, obsolete) Penis.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:machine

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Translations

References

  • machine on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

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.

Derived terms

  • machinist

Translations

Further reading

  • machine in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • machine in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams

  • Eichman

Dutch

Pronunciation

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

Noun

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

  1. machine (mechanical or electrical device)

Derived terms

  • naaimachine
  • schrijfmachine
  • wasmachine

Related terms

  • machinist

French

Etymology

From Middle French machine, borrowed from Latin machina (a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick), itself a borrowing from Doric Ancient Greek μᾱχᾰνᾱ́ (mākhanā́).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma.ʃin/

Noun

machine f (plural machines)

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

Related terms

  • machinal
  • machination
  • machiner
  • machinisme
  • machiniste
  • mécanique
  • mécanisme

Further reading

  • “machine” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • chemina

Middle French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin machina.

Noun

machine f (plural machines)

  1. machine; device

Descendants

  • English: machine (borrowing)
  • French: machine

References

  • “machine” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (machine, supplement)

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