Definition of robot
1a : a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (such as walking or talking) of a human being; also : a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasizedb : an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically
2 : a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
3 : a mechanism guided by automatic controls
robotismplay \ˈrō-ˌbä-ˌti-zəm, -bə-\ noun
Examples of robot in a Sentence
The cars are assembled by robots.
Recent Examples of robot from the Web
In Guangdong, there is a subsidy for every robot purchase, for example.
Among the robots competing in the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. this July is one designed by six girls from Herat, Afghanistan.
Most players at Tuesday’s game wore baseball caps and headbands, making them seem more like real people and less like football robots.
SINTRA, Portugal — The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.
IRL, Michael has since starred in Masters of Sex and played the robot bartender in Passengers.
Meanwhile, Day-Lewis has been almost perversely choosy, racking up a modest 20 movies over the course of a 35-year career, with nary a robot car or poop icon among them.
Through an interactive curriculum, Johnson said students will build a LEGO robot and learn about robotic programming, introductory movie making, and 2-D programming.
The incomprehensible plot has Mark Wahlberg returning as Cade Yeager, working-class hero and friend of the good-guy Autobots, who’s now in hiding with his robot pals.
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ROBOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of robot for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of robot for Students
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
History for robot
In 1923 the play R.U.R., by Karel Čapek, opened in London and New York. In the play “R.U.R.” stands for “Rossum's Universal Robots,” a company formed by an English scientist named Rossum to manufacture humanlike machines called “robots” to do hard, boring jobs. In Czech—the language of what is today the Czech Republic and the original language of the play—the word robota means “forced labor,” and Čapek based his new coinage “robot” on this word. Čapek's play was popular, and soon the word became a general term for machines that can perform the tasks of a person.
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