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automaton

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noun au·tom·a·ton \ȯ-ˈtä-mə-tən, -mə-ˌtän\

Simple Definition of automaton

  • : a machine that can move by itself

  • : a person who acts in a mechanical or machinelike way

Full Definition of automaton

plural au·tom·atons or au·tom·a·taplay \-mə-tə, -mə-ˌtä\

  1. 1 :  a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially :  robot

  2. 2 :  a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions

  3. 3 :  an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion



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