Meaning of MACHINE in English

n. & v.


1. an apparatus using or applying mechanical power, having several parts each with a definite function and together performing certain kinds of work.

2 a particular kind of machine, esp. a vehicle, a piece of electrical or electronic apparatus, etc.

3 an instrument that transmits a force or directs its application.

4 the controlling system of an organization etc. (the party machine).

5 a person who acts mechanically and with apparent lack of emotion. make or operate on with a machine (esp. in sewing or printing).

Phrases and idioms:

machine code (or language) a computer language that a particular computer can respond to directly. machine-readable in a form that a computer can process. machine tool a mechanically operated tool for working on metal, wood, or plastics. machine-tooled

1. shaped by a machine tool.

2 (of artistic presentation etc.) precise, slick, esp. excessively so.

Etymology: F f. L machina f. Gk makhana Doric form of mekhane f. mekhos contrivance

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.