1. [ noun ] any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
Related terms: device machinery computer motor assembly power_tool time_machine press record_player perpetual_motion_machine machine_tool cotton_gin corker pavior slicer milking_machine mill textile_machine pile_driver decoder power_shovel cash_machine calender press printer franking_machine farm_machine riveting_machine self-feeder hop-picker simulator slot_machine snow_thrower sorter stamp stapler concrete_mixer calculator trimmer staple_gun workhorse zamboni bagger
2. [ noun ] an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently

"the war machine"

Related terms: organization
3. [ noun ] an efficient person

"the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"

Related terms: person cyborg
4. [ noun ] (transportation) 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
Synonyms: car automobile auto motorcar

"he needs a car to get to work"

Related terms: motor_vehicle cab jeep beach_wagon cruiser ambulance convertible sedan sports_car hot_rod hardtop subcompact stanley_steamer roadster coupe s.u.v. compact loaner horseless_carriage model_t pace_car touring_car racer limousine minivan hatchback gas_guzzler electric stock_car bus minicar hearse window rear_window accelerator car_door reverse cowl roof running_board door boot fender glove_compartment gasoline_engine auto_accessory grille automobile_engine hood car_seat car_window automobile_horn air_bag anti-sway_bar car_mirror second_gear buffer low sunroof tail_fin floorboard bumper high_gear third_gear passenger tunnel showroom spark_lever chattel grip road_map prang backseat rental alternator hopped-up automobile
5. [ noun ] (politics) a group that controls the activities of a political party
Synonyms: political_machine

"he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"

Related terms: organization
6. [ noun ] a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
Synonyms: simple_machine
Related terms: mechanical_device wheel pulley lever inclined_plane
7. [ verb ] turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
Related terms: shape
8. [ verb ] make by machinery

"The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"

Related terms: produce
Similar spelling:   Machin