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 Why would your husband want to make his friends talk like malfunctioning robots — robots who can be understood only by another robot, a being finally free from all human stress, anxiety and feeling? New York Times, 29 July 2021 Oregon State University’s innovative bipedal robot, Cassie, has made history by running 5 kilometers (roughly 3 miles) in 53 minutes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 July 2021 Omron’s paddle-swinging robot holds records for table tennis. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 At halftime, a Japanese basketball robot came out for entertainment. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2021 The hysterectomy—which, just as Nora had predicted, was done with robot arms—had lasted a little more than eight hours. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, 25 July 2021 Now, thanks to an intrepid robot parked on the Martian surface by NASA in November 2018, scientists have a map of our neighboring world’s geologic abysses, the first ever made of another planet. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 The Vikings have been associated with space before, as with the grossly misnamed Viking 1 and 2 robot Mars probes in the 1970s. Arthur Herman, WSJ, 23 July 2021 To make that octopuslike soft robot work, its creators had to ditch rigid electronic circuits for a microfluidic one. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 23 July 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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“Robot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robot. Accessed 31 Jul. 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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