an·​droid | \ˈan-ˌdrȯid \

Definition of android 

: a mobile robot usually with a human form sci-fi androids

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Paul Bettany’s Vision is an android who started out as an artificial intelligence, so just give him an iPad to inhabit. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War': Why you shouldn't freak out about that death toll (spoilers!)," 29 Apr. 2018 Bernard was saved by Dolores, who apparently created a new version of the android after a Dolores/Charlotte Hale hybrid (Tessa Thompson) shot him. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' stars Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright break down that puzzling finale," 24 June 2018 More: 'Westworld' season finale recap: Nothing will ever be the same That’s one point upon which Harris and Jeffrey Wright, who plays the android host Bernard, agree. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' stars Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright break down that puzzling finale," 24 June 2018 The show itself, though, was snubbed for best series — a cult hit out of the U.K. is easily elbowed aside by a Westworld, HBO’s big-budget showcase for androids. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 So was Dolores the one who remade Arnold into android Bernard? William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 6 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Phase Space’ and the ghost in the machine," 28 May 2018 Whether or not androids dream of electric sheep may remain an open question, but now fans of the Blade Runner franchise will have more opportunity to find out. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alcon, Titan Partner For New 'Blade Runner' Comics and Books," 12 July 2018 The second season strikes an ominous note with an opening conversation between Dolores and Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), the programmer in charge of the androids' software., "Engaged? How bucking tradition can help you save big," 22 Apr. 2018 One boxed with an android in a back-alley ring, while onlookers crowded around. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Cyberpunk 2077: What we learned in the most mind-blowing game demo we've ever seen," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of android

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for android

Late Greek androeidēs manlike, from Greek andr- + -oeidēs -oid

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English Language Learners Definition of android

in stories : a robot that looks like a person


an·​droid | \ˈan-ˌdrȯid \

Medical Definition of android 

1 of the pelvis : having the angular form and narrow outlet typical of the human male a disproportionate number of difficult labors occur in women with android pelvises — compare anthropoid, gynecoid, platypelloid

2 : relating to or characterized by the distribution of body fat chiefly in the abdominal region android obesity — compare gynecoid

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