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automaton

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

: a machine that can move by itself

: a person who acts in a mechanical or machinelike way

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

Full Definition of AUTOMATON

1
:  a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially :  robot
2
:  a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions
3
:  an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion
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Origin of AUTOMATON

Latin, from Greek, neuter of automatos
First Known Use: 1611

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, differential, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction

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