Definitions for: Automaton


[n] a mechanism that can move automatically
[n] someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"



Webster (1913) Definition: Au*tom"a*ton, n.; pl. L. Automata, E.
Automatons. [L. fr. Gr. ?, neut. of ? self-moving; ? self +
a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. ? to strive. See
Mean, v. i.]
1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of
spontaneous motion or action. --Huxley.

So great and admirable an automaton as the world.
--Boyle.

These living automata, human bodies. --Boyle.

2. A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power
within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear
to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings,
such as men, birds, etc.

Synonyms: golem, robot, zombi, zombie

See Also: android, anomaly, humanoid, mechanical man, mechanism, unusual person

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