ro·bot·ic | \rō-ˈbä-tik, rə-\

Definition of robotic 

1 : of or relating to mechanical robots

2 : having the characteristics of a robot performs with robotic consistency

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robotically \rō-ˈbä-ti-k(ə-)lē, rə- \ adverb

Examples of robotic in a Sentence

the dishwasher is one of the greatest robotic devices ever invented with a single robotic motion, she reached for a cigarette and a lighter the instant she sat down

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Must be nice to insert robotic, formulaic answers to human questions about humanity. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "In 1 Press Conference, Kirstjen Nielsen Just Beat Out Sarah Sanders for Most Hated Person in Trump’s White House," 19 June 2018 Musk had pushed executives to design part of the assembly line with robotic systems so advanced that the factory would look like what Musk called an Alien Dreadnaught. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla drops reservation system, opens Model 3 orders to anybody," 10 July 2018 The Senhance robotic surgery system gives surgeons a sense of touch and feel based on pressure and tension in the instruments. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Operating Room of the Future," 28 May 2018 Consistent with this strategy, NASA is planning a series of progressive robotic missions to the lunar surface. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "NASA Cancels Moon Mission, Frustrating Scientists," 27 Apr. 2018 While the cows chow, a robotic arm, similar to the kind that pops quarter panels onto frames in auto factories, swerves into position under the cow’s udder, where lasers guide the gripper toward the teats to clean them. Jason Nark,, "Down on the farm with the robots and drones," 5 July 2018 The docking will be a surprisingly analog process using the Canadarm 2 robotic arm—built, as the name implies, by the Canadian Space Agency. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Ship Deliver Coffee, Experiments, and a Smiling Robot to the International Space Station," 2 July 2018 Additionally, SpaceX will carry up an extra latching mechanism that can attach to the end of Canada’s robotic arm on the outside of the space station. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station," 28 June 2018 By the 2020s, the United States, China, and Russia aim to have fleets of satellites in orbit armed with robotic arms for servicing spacecraft or lasers to knock debris into the atmosphere to burn up. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Is a Space Force Really the Best Way to Defend Space?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of robotic

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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