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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Second annual Milwaukee Museum Week will have free admission days, behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on activities," 10 Jan. 2020 In theory, each symbol could denote a different type of injection, McHugh says, and be read through a simple machine learning algorithm that the team’s already written and tested. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019 That’s because batteries and motors are far simpler machines than internal combustion engines, and require a few hundred parts instead of a few thousand. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019 While Davidge has a fondness for aircraft including jet fighters—the conference desk in Vintage’s Santa Clara showroom is a section of an old airplane wing—his passion for simpler machines abides. Eric Johnson, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos designer builds e-bikes for speed and…," 28 June 2019 This simple machine is highly versatile and works great with a number of different styles and equipment. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Man Play a Guitar Duet With a Power Drill," 6 June 2017 The electrodes recorded electrical impulses, which were then processed with a relatively simple machine-learning algorithm called Naive Bayes. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 While cars built through the 1970s are relatively simple machines, collecting vehicles from the 1980s will present new challenges. Mark Phelan,, "Millennials collecting cars with new classics ranging from Datsuns to DeLoreans," 14 Aug. 2017 Simple Machines Program DANIELSON — Explore the world of simple machines and how to combine them to form chain reactions in a 10-week UCONN, 4-H STEM in Action Program. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 20 Mar. 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Simple machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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