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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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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?
They are all labor-saving machines themselves, every one of 'em.
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.
And in that day there won't be any destruction of the machines.
Anna took a knife and fork in her beautiful white hands covered with rings, and began showing how the machine worked.
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.
The only propelling force it ever exhibited, was the mere impetus acquired from the descent of the inclined plane ; and this impetus carried the machine farther when the vanes were at rest, than when they were in motion - a fact which sufficiently demonstrates their inutility ; and in the absence of the propelling, which was also the sustaining power, the whole fabric would necessarily descend.
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.

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