ro·​bot·​ic | \ rō-ˈbä-tik How to pronounce robotic (audio) , 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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Other Words from robotic

robotically \ rō-​ˈbä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce robotically (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Airport employees – and in some cases, robots, such as the autonomous robotic floor scrubbers at Pittsburgh International Airport – are wiping, washing, spraying and sanitizing at every turn. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Airports welcome back travelers with new rules, protocols and promises," 19 June 2020 Five years later, after mastering various behind-the-scenes roles at mission control and helping develop the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Ride was chosen as a crew member for STS-7, a June 1983 flight on the Challenger shuttle. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How Sally Ride blazed a trail for women in space," 18 June 2020 The presence of frozen water on the moon is a key motivating factor for plans to send a new wave of robotic and eventually human explorers back to the moon. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA will set a price on lunar ice. Why?," 11 June 2020 Hurley deftly handled the demanding robotic operations on orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The commander who laughed and joked Wednesday does not lack courage," 28 May 2020 These characterizations play into stereotypes many have about Asian people — especially women — being mechanical, robotic, and objectified. Natalie Morin,, "TWICE Just Want To Make You Happy," 22 May 2020 Next, MacIver and his colleagues want to observe how real animals behave in the lab, as well as using robotic predators and prey. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric 'clutter' on land led to bigger, smarter human brains," 19 June 2020 Takeda started testing this approach, known as robotic process automation, or RPA, several months before the pandemic, with software from a company called UiPath. Will Knight, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation," 12 June 2020 The self-driving car world is busy consolidating, but there hasn’t been a peep of late about Uber’s intentions for its robotic vehicle business. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "GrubHub sells, but not to Uber," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of robotic

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of robotic was in 1928

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25 Jun 2020

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“Robotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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