Machine

(redirected from machines)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to machines: Simple Machines

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
Was all his talk about the consciousness and intelligence of machines merely a prelude to eventual exhibition of this device--only a trick to intensify the effect of its mechanical action upon me in my ignorance of its secret?
He had invented a machine for the cleaning of the hemp, which, considering the education and circumstances of the inventor, displayed quite as much mechanical genius as Whitney's cotton-gin.[1]
Its motion was so swift, complex, and perfect that at first I did not see it as a machine, in spite of its metallic glitter.
We will break the machines. And what are you going to do about it?"
"Have you ever seen a reaping machine?" she said, addressing Darya Alexandrovna.
Pictures of flying and flying machines returned to the newspapers; articles and allusions increased and multiplied in the serious magazines.
Then, when we had all imitated the action of the Medical Man, he said: `Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion.
Once I worked at my machine for thirty-six consecutive hours.
Upon this assurance the people came forward with subscriptions to build a second machine.
But, in all the experiments made with models at the Adelaide Gallery, it was found that the operation of these fans not only did not propel the machine, but actually impeded its flight.
"No machine can lie," said Father Brown; "nor can it tell the truth."
`Then he goes up to the machine and yells out to Ole Iverson, "Hello, partner, let me up there.

Full browser ?