Meaning of MACHINE in English

■ noun

1》 an apparatus using or applying mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.

↘ technical any device that transmits a force or directs its application.

2》 an efficient and well-organized group of powerful people: the party ~.

■ verb make or operate on with a ~.

↘ Brit. sew or make with a sewing ~.


C16: from Fr., via L. from Doric Gk makhana (Gk mēkhanē , from mēkhos 'contrivance').

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