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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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I have a machine in there that lost its temper and cut up rough."
Do you seriously believe that that machine has travelled into time?'
The men in stripes worked a shorter day than I at my machine. And there was vastly more romance in being an oyster pirate or a convict than in being a machine slave.
What business had his slave to be marching round the country, inventing machines, and holding up his head among gentlemen?
By means of the rudder, the machine was readily turned in any direction.
`eagle' and `owl', and when I wrote `falcon' he was tremendously agitated; and when I began to make an `r' at the end of the word, that machine just bounded.
He was wedged in so tight it was a hard job to get him out, and the machine ain't never worked right since.'
"No; they on-ly in-hab-it a small por-tion of it just back of the woods," replied the machine. "But they have al-ways been mis-chiev-ous and im-per-ti-nent, and my old mas-ter, King Ev-ol-do, used to car-ry a whip with him, when he walked out, to keep the crea-tures in or-der.
"It would be a hard task, though, to construct a machine from your description, Anna Arkadyevna," Sviazhsky said jestingly.
There were hidden machine guns, too, that bothered the colonel considerably.
There smoked and meditated a person in khaki, an engineer, who presently took an interest in Bert's machine. It was a sturdy piece of apparatus, and it had acquired a kind of documentary value in these quick-changing times; it was now nearly eight years old.
Capital furnished the factory, the machines, and paid all the expenses.