Meaning of AUTOMATON in English

AUTOMATON

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɔ:tɒmətən ]

( automatons, or automata /ɔ:tɒmətə/ )

1.

If you say that someone is an automaton , you are critical of them because they behave as if they are so tired or bored that they do things without thinking.

N-COUNT [ disapproval ]

2.

An automaton is a small, mechanical figure that can move automatically.

N-COUNT

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