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

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For the cover of Cohen’s controversial The New Digital Age (2012), Koons crafted a pop art image of a rainbow earth, held up by human and robotic hands. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019 Super7's Transformers Super Cyborg Deluxe Action Figures, each 11 inches tall and fully articulated, have transparent removable chest panels to show off their robotic guts inside in lieu of transforming super powers. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "How Super7 Built a Business Around the Toys No One Else Would Dare Make," 20 Mar. 2019 The concept of robotic companionship is sometimes seen as unsettling in the West. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Eventually, ispace aims to set up a robotic lunar transportation service and use its bantam rovers to identify and help exploit the resources available on Earth's nearest neighbor, such as water ice. Mike Wall,, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 Harvard's neighbor, MIT, recently developed a robotic fish that can blend in with the real thing in order to better study the patterns of schools. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Robotic Cockroach Walks Underwater," 3 July 2018 For decades, Mars understandably stood at the front of the queue for NASA's robotic exploration missions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 Photos courtesy Ori Earlier this year, the MIT offshoot Ori launched an all-in-one robotic furniture system that made tiny apartments feel a little less tiny. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches a robotic arm for docking to the International Space Station on Dec. 8, three days after launching from Florida. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising $500 Million in Funding," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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