simple machine

noun

: 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of simple machine was in 1702

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“Simple machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simple%20machine. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

simple machine

noun
: any of various elementary devices 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
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