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robot

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noun ro·bot \ˈrō-ˌbät, -bət\

Simple Definition of robot

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks

  3. 3 :  a mechanism guided by automatic controls

ro·bot·ism play \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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