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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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 Muruganantham then devoted the next 20 years of his life to inventing a simple machine to make low cost sanitary pads. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "New Bollywood Movie Pad Man Is Breaking Taboos Surrounding Menstruation," 7 Feb. 2018 Conceptually at least, the Falcon Heavy is a simple machine. The Economist, "Space flightThe biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden voyage," 18 Jan. 2018 But home-brewers have evolved from simple machines into high-tech appliances, some employing LCD screens, automatic milk frothers or even nitrous-oxide cartridges. Jeremy Repanich, Popular Mechanics, "Single-Serve Coffeemaker Showdown: 8 Brewers Put to the Test," 1 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of simple machine

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

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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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