simple machine


Definition of simple machine

: any of various elementary mechanisms formerly considered as the elements of which all machines are composed and including the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the inclined plane, the wedge, and the screw

Examples of simple machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The DeLonghi is a dead-simple machine and one of the best priced when it's not discounted. Medea Giordan, Wired, 4 July 2021 Students will learn how to build a simple machine and their connections to 19th-century mill life. Mary Sullivan,, 4 June 2021 Compared to some of the multi-cylinder competition, the Meteor 350 one-lunger appears to be a simple machine, but looks are deceiving in this case. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Heavily stained or smelly items might require a pre-treatment, but in general, a simple machine-wash should be enough to get the job done. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2021 Build a chain reaction with your family using simple machines, tools and building materials at Betty Brinn Children's Museum on Jan. 18, as well as Jan. 20 through Jan. 25. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of simple machine

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Simple machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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Kids Definition of simple machine

: one of the fundamental devices that all machines were formerly thought to be made from The lever, axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw are the classic simple machines.


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