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 for automaton
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Automaton \Au*tom"a*ton\, n.; 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, v. i.]
     1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of
        spontaneous motion or action. --Huxley.
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              So great and admirable an automaton as the world.
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              These living automata, human bodies.  --Boyle.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic
           way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed" [syn:
           automaton, zombi, zombie]
      2: a mechanism that can move automatically [syn: automaton,
         robot, golem]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  automata theory
      (Plural automata) A
     machine, robot, or formal system designed to follow a
     precise sequence of instructions.
     Automata theory, the invention and study of automata, includes
     the study of the capabilities and limitations of computing
     processes, the manner in which systems receive input, process
     it, and produce output, and the relationships between
     behavioural theories and the operation and use of automated
     See also cellular automaton, finite state machine.

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