What does machine mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word machine? Here's what it means.

  1. A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.
  2. (dated) A vehicle operated mechanically, such as an automobile or an airplane.
  3. (abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
  4. (computing) A computer.
  5. (figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
  6. Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
  7. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  8. (politics) The system of special interest groups that supports a political party, especially in urban areas.
  1. to make by machinery.
  2. to shape or finish by machinery.
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