robot

noun
ro·​bot | \ ˈrō-ˌbät How to pronounce robot (audio) , -bət \
plural robots

Definition of robot

1 : a machine that resembles a living creature in being capable of moving independently (as by walking or rolling on wheels) and performing complex actions (such as grasping and moving objects) When the next space launch heads for Mars, on board will be dozens of tiny mobile robots that will fan out across the Martian landscape, exploring every nook and cranny.— Michael Bowker often : such a machine built to resemble a human being or animal in appearance and behavior While science fiction robots have been capable of independent thought, emotions, even a little cooking and sewing, scientists are finding that endowing a mechanical being with even the most basic human functions is a monumental challenge. — Greg Freiherr As a sign of the times, paleontologists themselves have taken to … designing dinosaur robots and displays … — Malcolm W. Browne often used before another noun a robot dog a robot servant — compare android, bot entry 1
2a : a device that automatically performs complicated, often repetitive tasks (as in an industrial assembly line) the use of robots in car manufacturing … factories run by robots producing many replicas of one product.— Morris Philipson often used before another noun For fluid applications, especially in the automotive industry, the robot arm must have extremely flexible movement.— Harry H. Poole
b : a mechanism guided by automatic controls a robot airplane
3 : a person who resembles a machine in seeming to function automatically or in lacking normal feelings or emotions … seems to believe that professors are robots, students are superficial, grade-hungry receptacles …— Micaela Rubalcava

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Other Words from robot

robotism \ ˈrō-​ˌbä-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce robot (audio) , -​bə-​ \ noun

Examples of robot in a Sentence

The cars are assembled by robots.
Recent Examples on the Web At Biosero’s Sorrento Mesa headquarters, a mobile robot named Yoda wheels down the hallway to personally escort visitors to the company’s Acceleration Lab. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 Played by George Barrows, the alien robot Ro-Man comes to Earth and kills most of humanity with his death ray, but spares Alice (Barrett),a scientist's daughter, after he becomes attracted to her. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The robot boats eventually could perform a wide range of missions, but minelaying is the priority, according to Vice Adm. James Kilby, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Ratchet’s robot sidekick, are to be honored for their space-faring heroism. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 The socially awkward middle-schooler is the last kid in town to get a Best Friend out of the Box, a robot buddy and the latest craze on the market. Nick Romano, EW.com, 8 June 2021 Others could help lug a passenger’s food cart or bags off an autonomous shuttle and onto a robot taxi or a drone, Dr. Enoch says. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 7 June 2021 On May 22nd, a stationary robot on Mars used its arm to scoop up some Martian sand. Mike Wehner, BGR, 4 June 2021 There is always a member of Kiwibot’s staff within three minutes reaction time of a robot, according to the company. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga, sun-sentinel.com, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of robot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for robot

Czech, from robota compulsory labor; akin to Old High German arabeit trouble, Latin orbus orphaned — more at orphan

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13 Jun 2021

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“Robot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robot. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for robot

robot

noun

English Language Learners 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

robot

noun
ro·​bot | \ ˈrō-ˌbät How to pronounce robot (audio) \

Kids Definition of robot

1 : a machine that looks and acts like a human being
2 : a machine that can do the work of a person automatically or under the control of a computer

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