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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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Simple Machines spotlight3.html This site provides a short introduction to six simple machines and now they function.
Today your students are going to be having an Olympics of their own, and their challenge is to use simple machines to launch a marshmallow at least three yards; they must include a triangle in their design.
They used simple machines, like a handheld, sharpened stone, but much of their work was accomplished without technology.
Research the different types of simple machines. To learn more, show students the SuperScience "Mighty Machines" poster available at
Lego Dacta Early Simple Machines. Denmark: Lego Dacta A/S, 1998.
An American missionary in El Salvador started using an obsolete, simple machine, which originally extracted molasses from sugarcane, to compact the sugarcane refuse into high-energy fuel logs that burn with a sweet aroma.
Compound machines are combinations of simple machines. Two wheels connected by a rod is a simple machine called a wheel and axle.
Fey's simple machine was a hit, and soon thousands were installed in cigar stores, barbershops, saloons and the like.
How simple can you make a simple machine? How do you teach the scientific method when there is no tradition of trial and error?
Changeovers to new sizes are often made quickly with simple machine setting variations.
A new strain-gauge signal conditioner that provides users with a simple machine interface comes from RJG Inc., Traverse City, Mich.
A graphical point-and-click format combines motion, I/O and operator interface functionality for simple machine sequencing.