ma·​chine·​like | \ mə-ˈshēn-ˌlīk How to pronounce machinelike (audio) \

Definition of machinelike

: resembling or suggesting a machine especially in regularity of action or stereotyped uniformity of product

Examples of machinelike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shimon, which was intentionally designed to sound machinelike (listen here), is meant to be a one-of-a-kind musical collaborator—or an inhuman rap-battle opponent. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, "This Robot Can Rap—Really," 4 Dec. 2020 Still another foursome processed Kurtag’s rigor with an exactitude almost frighteningly machinelike. Peter Dobrin,, "Elias String Quartet and Jonathan Biss: Happiness on a high plane," 22 Feb. 2018 The way Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph plays is machinelike. Nathan Ruiz, ajc, "Iowa State coach Matt Campbell calls Mason Rudolph ‘robo quarterback’," 6 Nov. 2017 As the trainees practice sewing straight lines on pieces of scrap fabric, supervisors pace the aisle, hoping to spot one with machinelike dexterity and speed. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams," 24 Sep. 2016 As a programming geek, Trapani- was accustomed to bringing machinelike efficiency to code, and the 30-year-old has been just as adept at streamlining everyday tasks. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Real Simple," 1 June 2006

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First Known Use of machinelike

circa 1713, in the meaning defined above

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