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robot; self-acting machine; person who behaves mechanically


automaton
\au*tom"a*ton\ (&?;), n.; pl. l. automata (&?;), e. automatons (&?;). [l. fr. gr. &?;, neut. of &?; self-moving; &?; self + a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. &?; to strive. see mean, v. i.]
1. any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. so great and admirable an automaton as the world. these living automata, human bodies.
2. a self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc.
automaton
n
1. someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed" [syn: zombi, zombie]


2. a mechanism that can move automatically [syn: robot, golem]



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 cellular automaton 

An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions. Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power.

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Noun
1. someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"
(synonym) zombi, zombie
(hypernym) anomaly, unusual person
(derivation) automatize, automatise
2. a mechanism that can move automatically
(synonym) robot, golem
(hypernym) mechanism
(hyponym) android, humanoid, mechanical man
(derivation) automatize, automatise


N
automaton| automatic/self-moving mechanism; automatic/puppet-like movements

(v. i.)
Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action.
   (v. i.)
A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc.
  

Any living being whose actions are or appear to be involuntary or mechanical.


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