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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Other Words from robotic

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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Robotic Explorers On peaceful space exploration, the administration announced a directive setting a goal to send robotic explorers to the moon as early as next year and do another human lunar landing within 10 years. Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump Calls on Pentagon to Create New Military Branch: A 'Space Force'," 18 June 2018 The United States wants to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a preparatory step towards sending astronauts back there for the first time since 1972, a NASA official said on Monday. Author: Makini Brice, Steve Holland, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump orders creation of U.S. force to dominate space," 18 June 2018 In puffs of gas from rocks more than 3 billion years old dug up by one of NASA’s robotic explorers on Mars, scientists have identified several complex organic molecules -- possible building blocks for ancient life. Sarah Kaplan,, "Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars," 8 June 2018 The micro-dwelling was built inside a vacuum chamber to demonstrate the dexterity and precision of the team's robotic system. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Why scientists created the world's smallest house," 30 May 2018 This as Waymo and other rivals prepare to enter the field with robotic vehicles that may be able to offer cheaper fares. CBS News, "Uber self-drives robo-cars out of Arizona after fatal crash," 24 May 2018 This as Waymo and other rivals prepare to enter the field with robotic vehicles that may be able to offer cheaper fares. Michael Liedtke, Houston Chronicle, "Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash," 23 May 2018 In 2014 the nonprofit ECRI Institute listed the lack of such training on robotic systems as being among the nation’s top ten health-technology hazards. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "How a USC Program Is Trying to Make Robotic-Assisted Surgeries Safer," 3 Apr. 2018 InSight is equipped with a robotic arm that will gingerly place the two instruments away from the lander. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s InSight lander has just six and a half minutes to land on Mars in one piece," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of robotic

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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