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 robotic (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 When most of us think of industrial robots, what comes to mind is the caged-off, giant robotic arm swinging a car door into place in an auto plant or perhaps the warehouse robots that fetch merchandise. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 Earlier this week, a small piece of it punctured the Canadian robotic arm at the International Space Station. Jim Clash, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The exact object that punched a hole in the robotic arm is unknown. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 The Canadarm2 is a 57.7-foot-long robotic arm that was vital in assembling the orbiting lab, according to NASA. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 It's not known what hit the space station's robotic arm, called Canadarm2, or when the incident occurred, but an investigation is underway. NBC News, 1 June 2021 The Canadian Space Agency reported the existence of a hole in the robotic arm known as Canadarm2 which had not previously been observed. Mike Wehner, BGR, 1 June 2021 While multiple robotic space missions have visited Jupiter, researchers still have many questions about how this gas giant formed and processes that occur on the planet. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 May 2021 To his credit, Nelson has been a stalwart supporter of human spaceflight, even when NASA pivoted to robotic missions in the 1990s. Will Rinehart, National Review, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Robotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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