automata

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Automaton \Au*tom"a*ton\, noun; 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}, verb (used without an object)]

1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action. --Huxley.

So great and admirable an automaton as the world. --Boyle.

These living automata, human bodies. --Boyle.

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.


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