: a humanoid being : a nonhuman creature or being with characteristics (such as the ability to walk upright) resembling those of a human
Why do people respond so strongly to penguins? First, they stand straight and walk upright, like us, so we see them as little humanoids—a convention of headwaiters, ten thousand nuns, plump babies in snowsuits.—Diane Ackerman
Those tales of the deep blended narratives of voyages of exploration … with fantastic additions drawn from an ancient repertoire of sea monsters and mutant humanoids.—Simon Schama
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A humanoid robot, sometimes called an android, is a robot that resembles a human. Accounts of the yeti, Sasquatch, and Bigfoot continue to fascinate us mainly because of their humanoid characteristics. The idea of creating a monstrous humanoid, such as the Jewish golem or Victor Frankenstein's creation, has intrigued us for centuries. "Humanoid Animation" is a standard for creating humanlike figures for video that lets the same figure be used in a variety of 3-D games—some of which have nothing but humanoids for characters.
Examples of humanoid in a Sentence
The movie is about humanoid aliens invading Earth.
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Are there opportunities in the humanoid robot space for someone to develop a new technology that would significantly change the industry?—IEEE Spectrum, 17 Oct. 2023 The film brings viewers to a near-future where artificial intelligence exists alongside humans as both working robots and humanoid simulants.—Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Oct. 2023 The rappers in this virtual setting are humanoid avatars, dressed however the author wants.—C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 11 Aug. 2023 Elon Musk’s company recently shared a video of the latest version of its humanoid robot.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 First announced at Tesla’s inaugural AI Day two years ago, alongside its humanoid robot Optimus, Musk has since sought to temper expectations.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2023 Drawn into the Cat Kingdom and slowly changing into feline form, her only hope is the gentlemanly Baron, the humanoid cat from Whisper of the Heart.—Matt Kamen, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 The initial take on fishman karate — the humanoid beings’ combat style — fell into the latter, Scalise said.—Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 The team had uncovered the location of a humanoid figure in 2019, and can now add a 250-foot-long pair of legs, a fish 62 feet wide, and a bird about 56 feet across to their list of discoveries.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023
The perceptual mismatch theory, or the belief humans become more uncomfortable the more mismatched features a humanoid has—like fake eyes on an otherwise human-like face—is a popular explanation for the uncanny valley feeling, according to a 2015 study published in Frontiers in Psychology.—Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Boston Dynamics, now a subsidiary of carmaker Hyundai, experimented with building a humanoid that could handle boxes.—Matt O'Brien, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2023 Rival robot-makers, like Figure AI, are taking a more purist approach on the idea that only true humanoids can effectively navigate workplaces, homes and a society built for humans.—Matt O'Brien, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2023 Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection With blonde locks, porcelain skin, and a wardrobe of floaty white dresses, the actor is angelic in the part of Kim beside Johnny Depp’s titular humanoid in this enchanting fairy tale from Tim Burton.—Radhika Seth, Vogue, 29 Oct. 2023 Take, for instance, Edward Scissorhands (1990), where a humanoid with scissors for hands proves to be more pure than petrifying.—Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 About half of our team have worked on humanoids before, and half of our team have worked in some related field.—IEEE Spectrum, 17 Oct. 2023 On the other side are a litany of foes: pirate gangs led by fellow Devil Fruit eaters with unique abilities of their own, aquatic humanoids known as fish-men, and even the militaristic Marines charged with protecting civilians as the good guys of the sea.—William Goodman, Men's Health, 5 Sep. 2023 The students of the Bauhaus, the influential German design academy founded in 1919, took their costume parties as seriously as their studies, dressing up as monstrous creatures and mechanical humanoids.—Coco Romack, New York Times, 27 July 2023 See More
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