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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Although CNC machine popularity has risen because they reduce manpower, reduce time, and increase product quality, the machines still require machinist oversight should a failure occur.
Of course, a plastics expert should be more knowledgeable than a metal machinist about the variety of plastics materials available and what uses they're best suited for.
There will come a day (A) when the new machinist is feeling pretty good about the job.
Mark Pitman said: "Machinist is perfect for the club as he can compete at the top meetings, runs regularly, and we are convinced there's a big win in him this season."
"I am a machinist (and) most of my work is for defense systems that are used in the Army," Nora said.
Vernyi thus becomes the 15th chief editor of American Machinist in its 128-year history (the editor of this newsletter was its 11th).
The Machinist keeps its narrative cards close to its chest, refusing to tip the wink until the final frames when the source of Trevor's anguish becomes clear.
A Danish machinist working onboard the tanker Jane Maersk, owned by the Danish multi-sector group AP Moller-Maersk A/S, has reportedly admitted concealing and later destroying documents in connection with a US Coast Guard inspection in May that would have revealed an oil leak aboard the Danish ship.
The Haverfordwest-born star, due to appear as the caped crusader in 2005, shed more than four stone to play the lead in thriller The Machinist.
Perhaps the most recognizable name in that first group was Chief Machinist's Mate (Aviation) Floyd Bennett, formerly a pilot for then-Lieutenant Commander Richard Byrd and later a Medal of Honor recipient.
Capability: Esprit Machinist 3.0 features Haas Quick Code programming on a personal computer.