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MACHINE. A contrivance which serves to apply or regulate moving power; or it is a tool more or less complicated, which is used to render useful natural instruments, Clef. des Lois Rom. h.t.
     2. The act of congress gives to inventors the right to obtain a patent right for any new and useful improvement on any art, machine, manufacture, &c. Act of congress, July 4, 1836, s. 6. See Pet. C. C. 394; 3 Wash. C. C. 443; 1 Wash. C. C. 108; 1 Wash. C. C. 168; 1 Mason, 447; Paine, 300; 4 Wash. C. C. 538; 1 How. U. S., 202; S. C. 17 Pet. 228; 2 McLean, 176.

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Team Thorp won first place for using simple machines to build a device that's anything but simple.
Many simple machines are so useful, because they help overcome friction and make things easier to move.
Moving large rocks in a field often involves the use of several simple machines.
The simple machine cell begins with standalone' machines that are grouped together and may or may not be tied together by advanced automation or computerized material-handling systems.
Software, along with a relatively simple machine modification, enables the ATMs to dispense and activate prepaid cards while retaining the ability to issue cash as always.
eGard is a fully modular system that can control access to hazardous machinery, via gate switch and trapped key technology, and can also include simple machine or access controls such as push buttons, e-stops and lamps.
In addition eGard enables simple machine controls to be included.
The value it creates is incomparable with singular technique of simple machine.
Sid learns his invention is actually a simple machine called a lever, which is not only useful for launching toys, but can also help lift up really heavy things.
The Thomas line of products are built and designed with the philosophy of having a tough, yet simple machine.
Costs are low because the precision jaw coupling is the result of simple machine processes and use of a fully mould polyurethane element.
According to Chris Kleveland, Vice President for Operations, "The heart of the ContainerTracker program is the Console Interface to MachineTalker's Simple Machine Management Protocol, SMMP(R).