• A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.
  • A vehicle operated mechanically, such as an automobile or an airplane.
  • An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.
  • A computer.
  • A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.
  • Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
  • Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.
  • The system of special interest groups that supports a political party, especially in urban areas.
  • Penis.
  • A contrivance in the Ancient Greek theatre for indicating a change of scene, by means of which a god might cross the stage or deliver a divine message; the deus ex machina.
  • A bathing machine.



Narrower meaning words


  • Borrowed from Middle French machine, from Latin māchina ("a machine, engine, contrivance, device, stratagem, trick"), from , cognate with , from which comes mechanical.
  • Displaced native Old English searu.

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