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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

The Wales Adding Machine is fully guaranteed and we solicit a free trial by business houses. Correspondence solicited. The Wales Adding Machine Co., Detroit, Mich .

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 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 ...

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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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