Definition of robot
1a : a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (such as walking or talking) of a human being; also : a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasizedb : an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically
2 : a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
3 : a mechanism guided by automatic controls
robotismplay \ˈrō-ˌbä-ˌti-zəm, -bə-\ noun
Examples of robot in a Sentence
The cars are assembled by robots.
Recent Examples of robot from the Web
Keller won with a design that features a pattern of hexagons along with tools including a 3-D printer, a drawing tablet and a robot arm.
A cable connects the robot to an operator, commonly stationed in a truck a safe distance from the pipeline, who monitors the sensor data.
Among these, the three Asian countries bought abound half of global industrial robots since 2013, led by China, Moody’s says.
Say a genius inventor creates a robot that mows your lawn perfectly.
A wrongful death lawsuit against a Chambers County auto parts manufacturer remains unresolved nearly a year after a 20-year-old machine operator was killed by a robot at work.
But most of us are in a hurry, a reflexive, habitual, cultural hurry, which is why the laundry-folding robots will find a market.
This scenario, in which robots gradually produce collective ruin, does come with a silver lining.
According to new research, our roads might only need to be as little as 5 percent robot.
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ROBOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of robot for English Language Learners
: a real or imaginary machine that is controlled by a computer and is often made to look like a human or animal
: a machine that can do the work of a person and that works automatically or is controlled by a computer
ROBOT Defined for Kids
Definition of robot for Students
1 : a machine that looks and acts like a human being
2 : a machine that can do the work of a person automatically or under the control of a computer
History for robot
In 1923 the play R.U.R., by Karel Čapek, opened in London and New York. In the play “R.U.R.” stands for “Rossum's Universal Robots,” a company formed by an English scientist named Rossum to manufacture humanlike machines called “robots” to do hard, boring jobs. In Czech—the language of what is today the Czech Republic and the original language of the play—the word robota means “forced labor,” and Čapek based his new coinage “robot” on this word. Čapek's play was popular, and soon the word became a general term for machines that can perform the tasks of a person.
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