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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. Displaced native Old English searu.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈʃiːn/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /məˈʃin/
  • Rhymes: -iːn

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.
  7. (poetry) Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  8. (politics, chiefly US) The system of special interest groups that supports a political party, especially in urban areas.
  9. (euphemistic, obsolete) Penis.
  10. (historical) 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; the deus ex machina.
  11. (obsolete) A bathing machine.
  • See also Thesaurus:machine
  • Bengali: মেশিন (meśin)
  • Cowlitz: məšín
  • → Hindustani: मशीन (maśīn) / مشین (maśīn)
  • Irish: meaisín
  • Japanese: マシン (mashin)
  • Korean: 머신 (meosin)
  • Maori: mīhini
  • Punjabi
    Gurmukhi script: ਮਸ਼ੀਨ (maśīn)
    Shahmukhi script: مشین (maśīn)
  • Swahili: mashine
  • Tok Pisin: masin
  • machine on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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; (usually, more specifically) to shape subtractively by metal-cutting with machine-controlled toolpaths.
  • machinist
  • machinofacture
  • “machine”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “machine”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
  • Jonathon Green (2024) “machine n.”, in Green’s Dictionary of Slang
  • Eichman
  • machien (archaic or colloquial)

Borrowed from French machine, from Middle French machine, from Latin māchina, from Doric Greek μᾱχανᾱ́ (mākhanā́).

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

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

  1. machine (mechanical or electrical device)
  • Afrikaans: masjien
  • Caribbean Javanese: mesin
  • Malay: mesin
    • Indonesian: mesin
    • Sundanese: ᮙᮨᮞᮤᮔ᮪ (mesin)
  • Sranan Tongo: masyin
    • Aukan: masini
    • Caribbean Hindustani: mashin
    • Kari'na: masini
    • Saramaccan: masíni

Inherited from Middle French machine, borrowed from Latin machina (a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick), itself a borrowing from Doric Ancient Greek μᾱχᾰνᾱ́ (mākhanā́). Not to be confused with machin, which means "thing".

  • IPA(key): /ma.ʃin/

machine f (plural machines)

  1. machine, device (clarification of this definition is needed)
  2. (slang) machine (a person who is very efficient)
  • machinal
  • machination
  • machiner
  • machinisme
  • machiniste
  • mécanique
  • mécanisme
  • “machine”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  • chemina

Borrowed from Latin machina.

machine f (plural machines)

  1. machine; device
  • French: machine (see there for further descendants)
  • English: machine (see there for further descendants)
  • Etymology and history of “machine”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (machine, supplement)
  • IPA(key): /ma.ʃin/

machine f (plural machines)

  1. machine

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