noun \ˈrō-ˌbät, -bət\

: a real or imaginary machine that is controlled by a computer and is often made to look like a human or animal

: a machine that can do the work of a person and that works automatically or is controlled by a computer

Full Definition of ROBOT

a :  a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being; also :  a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized
b :  an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically
:  a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
:  a mechanism guided by automatic controls
ro·bot·ism \ˈrō-ˌbä-ˌti-zəm, -bə-\ noun

Examples of ROBOT

  1. The cars are assembled by robots.

Origin of ROBOT

Czech, from robota compulsory labor; akin to Old High German arabeit trouble, Latin orbus orphaned — more at orphan
First Known Use: 1922

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any automatically operated machine that replaces human effort, though it may not look much like a human being or function in a humanlike manner. The term comes from the play R.U.R. by Karel Capek (1920). Major developments in microelectronics and computer technology since the 1960s have led to significant advances in robotics. Advanced, high-performance robots are used today in automobile manufacturing and aircraft assembly, and electronics firms use robotic devices together with other computerized instruments to sort or test finished products.


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