machine Definition

an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.

Using machine: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "machine" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The machine is used to make paper.

  • Example

    The factory has many machines for manufacturing products.

  • Example

    The washing machine is broken.

  • Example

    The computer is a complex machine.

machine Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using machine

  • a well-oiled machine

    a smoothly functioning organization or system


    The company runs like a well-oiled machine, with everyone working together efficiently.

  • the process of something is starting or progressing


    Now that we have the funding, the wheels are turning on the new project.

  • a cog in the machine

    a person who plays a small or unimportant role in a larger organization or system


    He felt like just a cog in the machine, doing the same task every day without any recognition.

Phrases with machine

  • a group that controls the activities of a political party


    The political machine in the city has been in power for decades.

  • a country's military forces and equipment


    The war machine of the country is one of the most powerful in the world.

  • a hypothetical device that allows someone to travel through time


    In science fiction, a time machine is often used as a plot device.

Origins of machine

from Latin 'machina', meaning 'engine'


Summary: machine in Brief

A 'machine' [məˈʃiːn] is an apparatus that uses mechanical power and has multiple parts, each with a specific function, to perform a particular task. It can refer to anything from a simple washing machine to a complex computer. The term extends into phrases like 'political machine,' which denotes a group controlling a political party, and idioms like 'a well-oiled machine,' which describes a smoothly functioning organization.

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