hu·​man·​oid | \ˈhyü-mə-ˌnȯid, ˈyü-\

Definition of humanoid 

: having human form or characteristics humanoid dentition humanoid robots

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humanoid noun

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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.

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The movie is about humanoid aliens invading Earth.

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Two of the final sketches were humanoid ones; these, for me, were the least involving. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Mummenschanz Offers Wonder, and a Grumpy Trash Bag," 10 July 2018 While this is Terminator-level stuff, the robot will not look humanoid. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Tank-killing robot revealed," 22 June 2018 For Skuler, convincing a user that an AI or humanoid robot is human is a dangerous game. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans," 7 June 2018 The company’s biggest hit so far shows a humanoid robot named Atlas, a kind of 21st Century Tin Man, traipsing across a snowy landscape, picking up cardboard boxes, and being knocked down by a human — but determinedly getting back up again. Scott Kirsner,, "After viral YouTube fame, Boston Dynamics is ready to sell its robots," 6 July 2018 Ideally those norms won’t include treating humanoid robots like crap, à la Westworld. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans," 7 June 2018 Carnegie Mellon, for instance, deployed a vaguely humanoid machine called Chimp that rolled on its limbs instead of walking. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Darpa's Next Challenge? A Grueling Underground Journey," 15 May 2018 Those advertisements showed humanoid animals that bear no resemblance to the real-life crustaceans. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Sea Monkey Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 16 May 2018 In the first video, the humanoid Atlas robot goes for a swift jog through a yard and even leaps over a log. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Boston Dynamics Shows Off Its Humanoid Robot That Can Run and Jump," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of humanoid

1918, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of humanoid

: looking or acting like a human


hu·​man·​oid | \ˈhyü-mə-ˌnȯid, ˈyü- \

Medical Definition of humanoid 

: having human form or characteristics humanoid dentition

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