robot

noun
ro·​bot | \ ˈrō-ˌbät, -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 , -​bə-​ \ noun

Examples of robot in a Sentence

The cars are assembled by robots.

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Rio Tinto calls its now fully operational autonomous train system the biggest robot in the world. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mining co. says first autonomous freight train network fully operational," 30 Dec. 2018 Ewan McGregor is along for the ride too, and those cool six-legged robot-tanks. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 Slightly bigger than a basketball, the robot from the German Space Agency is meant to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with experiments. BostonGlobe.com, "Rocket delivers robot, ice cream, mice to space station," 3 July 2018 Soon you'll be kicked back with a glass (or bottle) of wine while your mini robot picks up the dust and crumbs for you. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Roombas Are On Sale On Amazon, So You Can Save Up To $175," 29 Nov. 2018 Our robot isn't as streamlined and carries a lot of water with it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Build Underwater Jumping Robot," 23 Nov. 2018 This time, instead of targeting businesses and restaurants, Google is aiming its robots' lasers at robocalls and phone spam. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Google Call Screening: A personal robot that talks to, hangs up on spam calls," 9 Oct. 2018 The six-wheeled robot is expected to arrive on Mars in 2021. Fox News, "Massive Mars discovery: Organic molecules 'fundamental to our search for life' found by NASA rover," 2 Oct. 2018 The International Space Station got its first robot with artificial intelligence Monday, along with some berries, ice cream and identical brown mice. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SpaceX delivers AI robot, ice cream, mice to space station," 2 July 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 \

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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