any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
an efficient person
"the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"
an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
"the war machine"
machine, simple machine(noun)
a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
machine, political machine(noun)
a group that controls the activities of a political party
"he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar(verb)
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
"he needs a car to get to work"
turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
make by machinery
"The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A tool is something that is both contrived and used for extending the force of an intelligent agent to something that is to be operated upon. Those things by which pacific and industrial operations are performed are alone properly called tools, those designed for warlike purposes being designated weapons. An instrument is anything through which power is applied and a result produced; in general usage, the word is of considerably wider meaning than tool; as, a piano is a musical instrument. Instrument is the word usually applied to tools used in scientific pursuits; as, we speak of a surgeon's or an optician's instruments. An implement is a mechanical agency considered with reference to some specific purpose to which it is adapted; as, an agricultural implement; implements of war. Implement is a less technical and artificial term than tool. The paw of a tiger might be termed a terrible implement, but not a tool. A utensil is that which may be used for some special purpose; the word is especially applied to articles used for domestic or agricultural purposes; as, kitchen utensils; farming utensils. An appliance is that which is or may be applied to the accomplishment of a result, either independently or as subordinate to something more extensive or important; every mechanical tool is an appliance, but not every appliance is a tool; the traces of a harness are appliances for traction, but they are not tools. Mechanism is a word of wide meaning, denoting any combination of mechanical devices for united action. A machine in the most general sense is any mechanical instrument for the conversion of motion; in this sense a lever is a machine; but in more commonly accepted usage a machine is distinguished from a tool by its complexity, and by the combination and coordination of powers and movements for the production of a result. A chisel by itself is a tool; when it is set so as to be operated by a crank and pitman, the entire mechanism is called a machine; as, a mortising-machine. An apparatus may be a machine, but the word is commonly used for a collection of distinct articles to be used in connection or combination for a certain purpose — a mechanical equipment; as, the apparatus of a gymnasium; especially, for a collection of appliances for some scientific purpose; as, a chemical or surgical apparatus; an apparatus may include many tools, instruments, or implements. Implement is for the most part and utensil is altogether restricted to the literal sense; instrument, machine, and tool have figurative use, instrument being used largely in a good, tool always in a bad sense; machine inclines to the unfavorable sense, as implying that human agents are made mechanically subservient to some controlling will; as, an instrument of Providence; the tool of a tyrant; a political machine.
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- آلة, ماكينةArabic
- auto, automòbil, màquinaCatalan, Valencian
- mašina, strojCzech
- peiriant, ermigWelsh
- maschinisieren, Maschine, herstellenGerman
- μηχανισμός, μηχάνημα, μηχανή, επεξεργάζομαι μηχανικάGreek
- koneisto, koneistaa, kone, työstää, automobiiliFinnish
- innealScottish Gaelic
- masina, szerkezet, gépHungarian
- mašīna, aparātsLatvian
- pūrere, mīhiniMāori
- automobiel, machineDutch
- maschegna, maschinaRomansh
- automobil, mașinăRomanian
- машина, аппарат, механизмRussian
- mašina, stroj, строј, машинаSerbo-Croatian
- stroj, mašinaSlovak
- எந்திரம், இயந்திரம்Tamil
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