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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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signal generation means for receiving the detection of said actuation detection means and providing an input signal to the electronic or electro mechanical device thereby to produce the response,
--the electronic structure (E) is dedicated both for signal processing produced by the mechanical device transducer and for displaying the values for technological loads too.
1), is about a mechanical device (the STAN monitor) designed to correct the flaws of another mechanical device (the standard electronic fetal monitor).
To answer this question, we have built a system to determine the acoustical characteristics of trumpets, including a mechanical device to replace the lips as a sound generating source which is designed so that the input into the instrument is the same every time.
Notice 2004-54 allows return preparers to sign original returns, amended returns or extension requests by the following alternative methods: (1) rubber stamp, (2) mechanical device or (3) computer software program.
EVERY MECHANICAL DEVICE, NO MATTER HOW SIMPLE OR COMPLEX, NEEDS PM TO KEE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY.
Particles may be suspended in oil that were created while an engine or mechanical device was in operation.
PhaseShift Corporation, located in Alexandria, Va., unveiled the so-called Daniel Displacement Engine or DDE, an electrically powered mechanical device that is capable of moving itself and a payload from one location to another, without the expulsion of reaction mass, or without outside assistance.
"It's not a mechanical device, it is actually imprinted into the pouch itself during the sealing of the pouch," says Moore.
unjust criticism) that a mechanical device would have sufficed as well as the lithe body of the American dancer.
The new mechanical device was designed by a woman, Valerie McLean, and contains removable disinfectant pads.
The textile industry was increasingly important for Great Britain, and any mechanical device that could increase production would add to the wealth of those who owned the mills and factories.