General English


  • noun a device with fixed and moving parts that takes mechanical energy and uses it to do useful work


  • noun a device which works with power from a motor



  • A mechanical, electric, electronic, electromechanical, mechanically-actuated electromagnetic apparatus, or the like, which performs a specific function, such as utilizing mechanical energy to perform work. Although the term usually implies carrying out mechanical work, or making it easier, machine can be more generally defined as that which performs or assists in the performance of most any task.
  • A computer. Also, a specific computer, such as that in a network.
  • Any hardware used for a given task, such as a business machine or automated teller machine.


  • noun a complicated mechanical tool which can do difficult, heavy and repetitive jobs better than an individual person
  • noun the people and system used to achieve or control something

Origin & History of “machine”

The ultimate source of both machine and mechanic (14th c.) was makhos, a Greek word meaning ‘contrivance, means’, and related distantly to English may ‘be able’ and might. from it was derived mēkhanḗ, whose Doric dialect form mākhanā́ passed into Latin as māchina ‘engine, contrivance’. English acquired the word via Old French machine. Meanwhile mēkhanḗ had spawned an adjectival derivative mēkhanikós, which was in due course to find its way into English through Latin mēchanicus.