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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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When I commanded a Minuteman ICBM combat crew in South Dakota from 1966 to 1970, safety resided primarily with the crews themselves rather than mechanical devices.
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2005-39 allow corporate officers or duly authorized agents to sign employment tax forms using alternative signature methods, including mechanical devices and computer software.
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While researchers today frequently create electronic and mechanical devices only a few nanometers in size, they can't easily manipulate those itty-bitty components.
It also discusses the roles of surgery and mechanical devices in managing incontinence; the positive impact of incontinence education on both caregivers and care recipients (teaching guides and record-keeping forms provided); and the psychological, social, health and economic implications of poorly managed incontinence.
Considering that the company's copiers need to move paper along efficiently, researchers have used MEMS to replace independent mechanical devices in copiers.
Much of the cost savings result from the fact that the new NIST reader uses only three actuators--the mechanical devices that form Braille letters.
I don't have doubts that all the mechanical devices will function as they are supposed to, but I doubt that technology will solve the problem of the speed of cars on the road,'' said Nelson, who said the city should have conducted a study to see if the equipment was the appropriate measure.
The NIST reader uses only 12 actuators -- the mechanical devices that form Braille letters.