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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.
So great and admirable an automaton as the world.
These living automata, human bodies. --Boyle.
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.
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,
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
(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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