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 3
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 robotism (audio) , -​bə-​ \ noun

Examples of robot in a Sentence

The cars are assembled by robots.

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Otherwise those pizza photos, perfect for training an even better robot, are all going to waste instead of generating value for shareholders! Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are many things: hot, rich, occasionally robots, and, also, occasionally together. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 3 Jan. 2019 Not only does the average person have to keep up with FaceTuned models, but now those models have to keep up with Instagram robots or, as they’re officially known, avatars. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 This is how Furbys — the half-bird, half-blob baby robots that were everywhere in the late ’90s — live on Tumblr, where collectors have congregated for years to give new life to their outdated toys. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Perhaps the most successful was a robot named Herbert, who could autonomously move around the office and collect empty soda cans. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants to Turn Insect Brains into Robot Brains," 10 Jan. 2019 And as a result of this steady evolution of better and better robot cleaners comes the Roomba 860. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Embrace the Robot Vacuum Future with Amazon's Roomba Sale," 12 Feb. 2019 There’s no entry fee, and some schools that qualify will be eligible for a free kit that includes a drone and a programmable robot. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Hey, students: Design a drone/robot combo for a virtual moon landing, and you could win a trip to NASA," 11 Feb. 2019 For an example, think of the movie Pacific Rim, which unites its robot pilots by essentially having them soulbond in the cockpit. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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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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