Meaning of AUTOMATON in English

AUTOMATON

noun (plural -atons or automata) Etymology: Latin, from Greek, neuter of automatos Date: 1645 a mechanism that is relatively self-operating, a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions, an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion

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