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Definition of the noun adding machine

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  1. a calculator that performs simple arithmetic functions


"Adding Machine" is a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's 1923 play The Adding Machine, with music by Joshua Schmidt, and book and lyrics by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt. The show opened in 2007 in Illinois before moving Off-Broadway in 2008. The show was nominated for numerous Lucille Lortel Awards and Drama Desk awards.


  1. Adding machine: An adding machine was a class of mechanical calculator, usually specialized for bookkeeping calculations. In the United States, the earliest adding machines were usually built to read in dollars and cents. Adding machines were ubiquitous office equipment until they were phased out in favor of calculators in the 1970s and by personal computers beginning in about 1985. The older adding machines were rarely seen in American office settings by the year 2000.
  2. Adding Machine is a 2008 theater production of the play by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt.

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Google previewTools of Business, an Encyclopedia of Office Equipment and Labor Saving Devices (1905)

by Elmer Herny Beach

Eureka An Adding Machine Carriage. Manufactured by the Eureka Adding Machine Carriage Co., Durand, Mich. This carriage is particularly suitable for adding machines or typewriters, and as it can be wheeled to any place or position is very ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1995)

Volume 10 - Introduction to Computer Networking to Methods for Usability Engineering in Equipment Design by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

The currently used design ( reversed adding machine) was chosen not because it was best in all categories ( none of the alternatives was best), but because it was a reasonable compromise ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Literature (2013)

by EPUB 2-3

Work Author: Elmer Rice The Adding Machine, written by Elmer Rice, is one of the most enduring examples of American expressionist drama, marked by a dark comic tone and distortions of character, setting, and language. Featuring the ...

Google previewThe Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre (2013)

by Jonathan Law

Adding Machine, The An expressionist play by Elmer RICE, first performed in 1923 in New York. The play is a satire on automation. Rice's antihero, Mr Zero, is a bookkeeper who represents the average man's dehumanization by the machine ...

Google previewThe Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (2002)

by John Gassner, Edward Quinn

Rice's The Adding Machine is a picture of a society that has become soulless and mechanical as a result of its single-minded devotion to the inverted ideal of business. The central intelligence—a courtesy term in this case—is Mr. Zero. the ...

Google previewThe accountant's dictionary (1922)

a comprehensive encyclopaedia and direction on all matters connected with the work of an accountant, illustrated with the necessary forms and documents by Francis William Pixley

The Elliott Fisher Invoice Adding machine is particularly adapted for " billing." The flat ...

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My car and my adding machine understand nothing: they are not in that line of business. (John Searle)
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