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Usage statistics for the noun machine:

conversational speech53.22%task-oriented speech46.78%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun machine:


The word machine is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun machine

What does machine mean as a name of something?

Machine is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: machines

  1. any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  2. an efficient person
  3. an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
    • example: the war machine
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: organisation / organization = a group of people who work together
  4. a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of machine: simple machine
    • more generic term: mechanical device = mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
    • more specific terms:
      • inclined plane = a simple machine for elevating objects
      • lever = a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
      • pulley block / pulley-block / pulley / block = a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
      • wheel = a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle
  5. a group that controls the activities of a political party
    • example: he was endorsed by the Democratic machine
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of machine: political machine
    • more generic words: organisation / organization = a group of people who work together
  6. a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

Alternative definition of the noun machine


  1. A mechanical or electrical device that performs or assists in the performance of human tasks, whether physical or computational, laborious or for entertainment.
  2. [archaic] A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
  3. [context: telephony, abbreviation] An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
  4. [context: computing] A computer.
  5. [context: 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.

Definition of the verb machine

What does machine mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: machined | machining | machines

  1. turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: forge / form / mold / mould / shape / work = make something, usually for a specific function
  2. make by machinery
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make / produce = create or manufacture a man-made product


  1. Machine a.k.a. Nikolay Davydenko: Nikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko is a retired Russian tennis player. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 in November 2006. Davydenko's best result in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the semi-finals, which he accomplished on four occasions: twice each at the French Open and the U.S. Open, losing to Roger Federer in all but one of them. His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, and he also won three ATP Masters Series. In mid-October 2014 Davydenko retired from competitions.
  2. Machine was an American funk disco group, formed by Jay Stovall in 1977. The band started in New York City with the intent to create the disco equivalent of R&B message songs.
  3. Machine is an American music producer and engineer who has worked with many bands of many different genres.

There are other people with in their name, like Hit Machine, Joe Machine, Man-Machine, Mike Machine, Tony Machine, Chris Machine, Dance Machine, Disco Machine, Dream Machine, Dancing Machine and many others.


Machine is a musical group.

  • members:
  • albums: "Captain sonic tune", "Gravity Attack", "Hero", "010 ZERO-ONE-ZERO", "E.rect", "ATOMIC GOD", "Salvation-D9", "Superb(初回)", "PHASE TWO "DEEPS"", "PHASE ONE "SPEED"", "FALCON", "BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDER", "Ooh Yeah?", "Machine/サルベイション・ディ・ナイン", "Superb"
  • official website:


Machine is a fictional character from the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets.


"Machine" is a 2007 action movie starring James Russo and Neal McDonough.


  1. "Machine" is the second studio album from the American industrial metal band Static-X, released on May 22, 2001 and recorded at Studio 508. When compared to the band's other albums, Machine features more electronics and industrial effects, and more screamed vocals from Wayne Static.
  2. "Machine" is a R&B song of electronic-dubstep genre performed by South Korean-Chinese boy bands Exo-K and Exo-M. Available in both Korean and Mandarin, the song was included in their first mini-album Mama which was digitally released on April 9, 2012 under the record label of S.M. Entertainment.
  3. "Machine" is an EP by the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was released in 2002 by Touch and Go Records, and contains three songs from the Fever to Tell sessions. From this EP came one single, "Machine", which was released only in the UK.
  4. "Machine" is an album by the American Rock band Crack the Sky. The album was released on February 9, 2010. This is their fourteenth studio album.
  5. "Machine" is a 2001 single release by Norwegian gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy. The single was released on the 22nd January 2001 and was the second and final release from the album Musique.
    • genre: Synthpop
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Machine" is an album released by neo-classical progressive metal band Artension in 2000.
  7. "MACHINE" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Machine" is a musical album of Ormonde.
  9. "Machine" is a composition.
  10. "Machine" is a musical album of Machine.
    • released in (36 years ago)
  11. "Machine" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  12. "Machine" is a musical EP of Sefiros.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  13. "Machine" is a musical album of Andy James.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  14. "Machine" is a musical album of Glenn Ryszko.
    • released on (6 years ago)


  1. Machine: A machine is a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action. Machines are usually powered by mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical means, and are often motorized. Historically, a power tool also required moving parts to classify as a machine. However, the advent of electronics has led to the development of power tools without moving parts that are considered machines.
    • also known as 机械
  2. Machine: Machines employ power to achieve desired forces and movement. A machine has a power source and actuators that generate forces and movement, and a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. Modern machines often include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, and are called mechanical systems.
  3. Machine: In United States patent law, a machine is one of the four principal categories of things that may be patented. The other three are a process, an article of manufacture, and a composition of matter. In United States patent law, that same terminology has been in use since the first patent act in 1790.
  4. Machine a.k.a. Big Wednesday is a 2012 CLIO Awards winner.
  5. Machine is an advertising agency based in South Africa.

Phrases with Machine

Phrases starting with the word Machine:

  1. machine gun
  2. machine-gun
  3. machine bolt
  4. machine code
  5. Machine Room
  6. machine shop

Phrases ending with the word Machine:

  1. by machine
  2. Fax Machine
  3. ice machine
  4. Jet Machine
  5. Man-Machine
  6. Sex machine
  7. war machine
  8. Baby Machine
  9. Ball Machine
  10. Bank Machine
  11. cash machine
  12. coin machine
  13. Drum machine
  14. farm machine

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Machine

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Google previewApplied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants: (2001)

by Ernest E. Ludwig

la Totally Enclosed Nonventilated Machine (IP54, IC410) A tomlly enclosed nonventilated machine is a frame-surface cooled totally enclosed machine which is only equipped for cooling by free convection. 1.26.2a Totally Enclosed ...

Google previewRadical Coherency (2012)

Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005 by David Antin

A machine is a mechanical system designed to produce forces and motions in accord with specified requirements, consisting of a fixed...

The usual function of a machine is the transmission of energy from a source of power or prime mover in order to perform useful work,”...

Google previewIndustrial Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (IEMDA 2014) & Computer Science and Application (CCSA 2014) (2015)

Proceedings of the 2014 Congress on IEMDA 2014 & Proceedings of the 2nd Congress on CCSA 2014 by Shihong Qin, Xiaolong Li

Turing machine is a kind of computational model with the calculated process abstraction and idealization. Then let's reveal the...

Google previewAlgorithms and Discrete Applied Mathematics (2015)

First International Conference, CALDAM 2015, Kanpur, India, February 8-10, 2015. Proceedings by Sumit Ganguly, Ramesh Krishnamurti

A k-restricted machine is a non- deterministic g(k)poly(n) time bounded Random Access Machine (RAM) that uses at most f(k) non-deterministic words, where f and g are arbitrary computable functions.

Google previewInternational Conference on Mechanics and Materials Engineering (ICMME 2014) (2014)

SIROX heating and humidifying machine is a new type of expansion device of the German Company HAUNI and has great influence to the quality of tobacco by steam flow. In this paper, through the experimental study on the production ...

Google previewThe Church of the Free Mind (2014)

Anti-Messiah by Azazel Rama

The machine is the idea of perfection giving measured qualities to natural life . . . the Multiverse tempers the spark of...

The machine is a part of everything . . . you are welcome whether you like it or not.

The machine is an ever-changing approximation, or at least it gives us the ability to approximate in every possible way.

Google previewGood Roads (1910)

Devoted to Construction and Maintenance of Roads and Streets

The machine is a scraper so constructed that it ...

Google previewIndustrial Refrigeration (1916)

Brown says the small refrigerating machine is a problem...

for it must be understood that the reason for installing a machine is that results can be obtained from it that cannot be ...

Google previewThe Law Times Reports (1873)

Before proceeding to consider the last question, which is, whether the defendants ' machine is an infringement of the plaintiff's patent, it is necessary to refer to the Vice-Chancellor's decision. Apparently the Vice-Chancellor seems to have ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques (2007)

by Nancy Bednar, JoAnn Pugh-Gannon


Even a beginner with very basic sewing machine knowledge can experience first-time success with this technique.

Google previewMachine Translation and the Lexicon (1995)

Third International EAMT Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany, April 26-28, 1993. Proceedings by Petra Steffens

Machine Translation Group - compiled by Katharina Koch - SAPAG Neurottstr. 16 69190 Walldorf, Germany Abstract. The software company SAP translates its documentation into more than 12 languages. To support the translation department ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Plastics (2012)

by D.V. Rosato, Marlene G. Rosato

See design, motion-control, mechanical and electronic effects; drive-system control; electric motor; electric-motor drive; extruder drive-energy consumption; injection molding machine-drive system. injection molding machine energy saver See ...

Google previewAppleton's Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics, Engine-work, and Engineering (1857)

Mortising Machine.

Google previewA Dictionary of Translation Technology (2004)

by Sin-wai Chan

post-editing, interactive translation, interactivity, interlingua machine translation, keyboard, knowledge representation, knowledge-based machine translation. KY 1 . language processing technologies, language-based machine translation.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections (2009)

by Larry Sabato, Howard R. Ernst

Each city's machine was run by a “boss,” a person who had the loyalty of elected officials and who had the power to effect change and development in the city. The machines formed in cities mostly as a consequence of the enormous waves of ...

Google previewThe Structure of the Lexicon (1995)

Human Versus Machine by Jürgen Handke

Human Versus Machine Jürgen Handke. Transfer systems generate internal structures that are less semantic in character and are tailored for the language pair involved. Ambiguities, such as the meaning of enter in (72), are not resolved on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1992)

Volume 26 - Supplement 11: Aaron: Art and Artificial Intelligence to Transducers by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

For example, whereas it is not known whether there is a deterministic polynomial time-bounded Turing machine to solve (an encoding of) the Hamiltonian circuit problem, it is easy to design a nondeterministic polynomial time-bounded Turing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1991)

Volume 48 - Supplement 11: Automated Archival Systems to University-Based Technology Transfer and 2000: Explanation: Example, and Expectations by Allen Kent

MACHINE. TRANSLATION. Introduction With the rapid advancement in electronic and computer technology, traditional dictionaries of various types are now becoming available in different electronic media.

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Quotes about Machine

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. (Elbert Hubbard)
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Scrabble value of M3A1C3H4I1N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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