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a coffee machine (=for making coffee)
▪ Janice crossed to the coffee machine and filled two plastic cups.
a propaganda machine (=people who produce propaganda in an organized way)
▪ The regime’s propaganda machine presented the incident as a triumph.
a ticket machine
▪ The ticket machine wasn’t issuing tickets.
answering machine
cash machine
coffee machine
dialysis machine
▪ a dialysis machine
drinks machine
drum machine
franking machine
fruit machine
heart-lung machine
machine code
machine gun
▪ There came the sound of men shouting and a burst of machine gun fire.
machine shop
machine shop
▪ The generators are put together in the machine shop.
machine tool
machine washable
machine washable
▪ The gloves are machine washable.
machine/computer/radio etc operator
▪ computers which can be used by untrained operators
milking machine
political machine
▪ the Chicago mayor’s political machine
rowing machine
sewing machine
slot machine
threshing machine
time machine
vending machine
voting machine
washing machine
▪ Then I came into the office to check the answering machine.
▪ His desktop held three telephones and an answering machine, a computer screen and keyboard, and a fax machine.
▪ Mark calls his patient Martha back in London and leaves a message on the answering machine.
▪ She left a message on his answering machine: Nick, I wanted to thank you for last night.
▪ They would still be driving home, so she could leave a message on the answering machine.
▪ He was either out and hadn't switched on the answering machine or he was tormenting her by ignoring the telephone.
▪ Audioline is the fastest-growing brand in the answering machine market.
▪ Meanwhile at home on my answering machine a message from New Zealand: please ring back.
▪ But it resulted in a ruling that could improve the quality of life for every Californian who owns a fax machine.
▪ Wyatt heard scribbling or scratching in the background, and the chattering of what he took to be a fax machine.
▪ Need a computer and fax machine?
▪ Even a telephone and a fax machine with stationery and five hundred business cards cost money.
▪ The fax machine is held together by tape.
▪ Inexpensive modems went inside PowerBooks to make them communications centers digital telephones and fax machines.
▪ There is no television, video, fax machine, even an oven or a toaster.
▪ If you have the only fax machine in the world it is worth nothing.
▪ But there are also those who suggest that the mayor has created his own, discreet, Chicago political machine.
▪ By creating the ethnically balanced ticket, something new, he put together the most powerful political machine in Chicago history.
▪ But as long as we bear these limitations in mind we can, to some extent, assess the muscle of the political machine.
▪ Standardization was very important to the Progressives, because the political machines of the day often dispensed services unevenly.
▪ This is deadly for a political machine that lives through patronage.
▪ Now, in turning down a compromise, he was placing the fate of his political career in machines.
▪ Hoover washing machines are being made on the site of the old steel works at Merthyr Tydfil.
▪ Two-thirds of the output from its factories is for civilian use - washing machines, prams and hunting rifles, for instance.
▪ Mercedes-Benz's proud engineers also loathe being lumped in with companies making everything from washing machines to weapons.
▪ For example, the washing machines in your local launderette are actually completely automatic vending machines.
▪ Our Lavamat automatic washing machines are also designed to look after something far more delicate.
▪ Low energy-using fridges and washing machines have recently appeared on the market and are cheaper to run than ordinary ones.
▪ Upon successful completion, the salesperson is then entrusted to sell the washing machines and dryers unaided.
▪ The weekly-paid Greater Glasgow Health Board employees first discovered the bank's mistake when they tried to withdraw money from cash machines.
▪ Then whenever you want to make your payment, just key in the amount at any Birmingham Midshires cash machine.
▪ Then, one of them went to a cash machine to try to get money from her account.
▪ Even the bank's cash machine may get a face, or many, depending on the customer.
▪ Only £700m was withdrawn from cash machines in 1979 - it is now about £50 billion a year.
▪ Half way through the next working day, Rainbow pauses at a cash machine.
▪ Exchanges done through cash machines which can not issue receipts are exempt from this provision.
▪ There were no cheque accounts, no building society cash machines and the 90-day account and Tessas were still some years off.
▪ It can be programmed by machine code, by taking it through the motions, or by keyboard.
▪ This computer has no machine code instruction set or data formats in the ordinary sense.
▪ Assembler is less computer orientated than machine code.
▪ An assembler instruction will correspond to a frequently performed operation and represents many machine code instructions.
▪ Like machine code, assembler is computer specific.
▪ A statement to call a machine code subroutine.
▪ In order for this to work, the machine code program must be loaded into the same address each time.
▪ In the office, a choice desk location by the window or near the coffee machine may be worth defending.
▪ Others are made the target of slurs and anti-gay jokes around the coffee machine.
▪ Polling stations would be awash with coffee machines and potted plants.
▪ To this day, employees in Minnesota remember when the governor took away their coffee machines.
▪ She left him in the kitchen examining the espresso coffee machine with wonder, while she went to Patrick's office.
▪ What he did learn was the coffee machine.
▪ Anything ever go wrong with a coffee machine, then send for Bill Erlich.
▪ There was a coffee machine and a pile of styrofoam cups and we helped ourselves.
▪ The equipment used is much the same; the same drum machines as then.
▪ Unplug the drum machine and do us all a favour.
▪ T: It sounds like he only knows one programme on the drum machine.
▪ Fanshawe uses his as drum machine, confessor weight-training apparatus.
▪ We strap on the goggles and headphones which are wired up to what looks like a drum machine.
▪ Keyboards, drum machines and mikes filled most of the available space.
▪ They go about this by jumping up and down a lot and cranking the drum machine up to unfeasible volumes.
▪ I never replace a drummer with a drum machine straight away, unless it's absolutely necessary.
▪ In the early morning of May 18, police manning barricades were replaced by army paratroopers who opened fire with machine guns.
▪ The hammering of the machine guns and rifles around him was continuous.
▪ The barrel of his machine gun clacked against the glass as they pulled off.
▪ A: He asked me to use my machine gun.
▪ I had hit the floor before the machine gun went off.
▪ It carried a. 50-caliber machine gun.
▪ One of the machine guns had live ammunition attached to it.
▪ He made a machine gun noise with his mouth.
▪ A word of advice - don't sit for hours at the knitting machine, particularly if you are a comparative beginner.
▪ True, the programme will not actually run the Duomatic machine, since this is a mechanical selection knitting machine rather than electronic.
▪ This way one feels much more invigorated when returning to the knitting machine.
▪ I won a Bond Elite knitting machine.
▪ This came quite naturally, I hadn't even thought about the gender of a knitting machine.
▪ Having hit a bad patch, financially, I decided I must try for some paid work with my knitting machine.
▪ Shelagh Hollingworth One of the popular reasons for buying a knitting machine is to be able to knit very quickly.
▪ Our automatic knitting machine, for example, has full orders for the next five years.
▪ Originally from Ireland, he worked as a machine operator until he was 83.
▪ It was one thing to tell a machine operator he or she had no choice about being measured.
▪ At this stage the typical machine operator manipulated machine controls on the basis of data presented on instruments.
▪ They never discussed with machine operators or engineers how the equipment was maintained.
▪ A working-class housewife married to a machine operator declares: Housework is boring.
▪ The machine operator she replaced is unemployed and too old to be re-skilled.
▪ Example Alan employs Brian as a machine operator.
▪ The biggest jumps in participation rates were recorded by workers under age 44, minorities, machine operators and laborers.
▪ Anyway, there was always the suspicion that they were exaggerated by Stalin's propaganda machine.
▪ The chancery was used as a propaganda machine perhaps as never before.
▪ Even Saddam's propaganda machine failed to bring that lie to life.
▪ We have to find a way to utilise our fifty thousand members as an educational and propaganda machine.
▪ The malai propaganda machine had always lied about the scale of casualties in our earlier Civil War.
▪ But in recent weeks it has cranked an impressive propaganda machine into action.
▪ I taught on all makes of machine and have also worked in stores and at exhibitions, selling knitting and sewing machines.
▪ Dressmaking and sewing machines are totally foreign to many would-be kite flyers.
▪ Buy the large cans, suitable for sewing machines.
▪ With a sewing machine and polyester thread to match the garment, set two rows of straight stitches by the tacking stitches.
▪ If I do another cardigan in this way I shall do two or even three lines on the sewing machine.
▪ A single strand of technological evolution connects electronic sewing machines, electronic typewriters, and flexible electronic workstations.
▪ We never close the branch-line of the heart, its sad little, slow little sewing machine.
▪ The workers studied by Westwood made up clothes from pre-cut pieces of cloth, using sewing machines and presses to finish them.
▪ Jan Fischer produced a transporter that might well have come from a professional machine shop.
▪ The machine shop left hundreds of thousands of men with shared memories: The whirring and flapping of the belts.
▪ But the quickest way to the foundry is through the machine shop, especially in this weather.
▪ At the time, George Jennings was running a machine shop.
▪ But give labor anything it wants, even a lousy ten-man machine shop, and every drop of it is blood.
▪ No machine shop, then or now, can be a machine shop without it.
▪ Iron and steel were hard and unyielding, yet here in the machine shop, you cut them like butter.
▪ It has 228 rooms, 6 pools, 4 restaurants and 500 slot machines.
▪ Casinos sport the same slot machines, the same gaming tables, the same garish and stunningly ugly carpet.
▪ The higher tiers housed lesser wheels, chemin de fer, blackjack, slot machines, vingt-et-un, baccarat, five-card stud.
▪ She loved the sound of dice and slot machines, the clatter of mathematics.
▪ Conversely, any fool can sit down at a slot machine.
▪ Presumably, that means slot machines of any kind.
▪ Interactivity: The woman operating a huge eight-reel slot machine offers $ 20 for our $ 150 camera.
▪ If you like mighty, if quirky, war machines, then you can choose steam tanks and war wagons.
▪ They become instant targets for enemy war machines!
▪ They are difficult to destroy, although a hit from another war machine or large monster may be sufficient to cause damage.
War Machines 0-25% Up to a quarter of the points value of the army may be spent on war machines.
▪ For example, you can spend up to 25% of your army's points value on war machines.
▪ Could I really be part of a war machine?
▪ In December Pearl Harbor brought a new urgency to the task of converting the economy into a vast war machine.
▪ As with all small units you have to be wary of war machines and magic.
a cog in the machine/wheel
a well-oiled machine
▪ It was running like a well-oiled machine, instead of like a slightly out-of-control summer camp.
▪ This could never happen in the Bush operation, which has been turning out policy positions like a well-oiled machine.
fault-tolerant computer/machine
▪ It believes that the new LightsOut software is the first unattended event monitoring program from a supplier of Unix-based fault-tolerant computers.
▪ The chips are targeted at embedded controls, portable and desktop computers, high-end fault-tolerant machines and supercomputers.
have (got) the TV/radio/washing machine etc on
▪ a machine that fills beer bottles
▪ He's like an eating machine.
▪ I think there's something wrong with my machine -would you take a look at it?
▪ Ice could be made in huge quantities by machine.
▪ It's possible to operate the machines by remote control.
▪ Just hit that button to stop the machine.
▪ One cable was damaged, which was causing the machine to shut down frequently.
▪ Our soft-serve ice cream machine isn't working.
▪ the government's propaganda machine
▪ the party machine
▪ There is a washing machine in the basement of the building.
▪ Whenever she calls and the machine is on, she hangs up.
▪ You need a machine with 64 kilobytes of memory to run the program.
▪ But perhaps the machine has taken over from the individual.
▪ Nintendo is promising there will be five to 10 games available for the new machine initially.
▪ She took him to a pachinko parlor, a long narrow room full of people pressed against upright machines.
▪ The motors of the wave machine run day and night.
▪ The product range includes equipment for medical uses: eg a vehicle for children with spina bifida and portable kidney machines.
▪ True, the programme will not actually run the Duomatic machine, since this is a mechanical selection knitting machine rather than electronic.
▪ When it snows in Boston, residents litter the streets with old furniture, barrels and a rusty washing machine or two.
a cog in the machine/wheel
a well-oiled machine
▪ It was running like a well-oiled machine, instead of like a slightly out-of-control summer camp.
▪ This could never happen in the Bush operation, which has been turning out policy positions like a well-oiled machine.
fault-tolerant computer/machine
▪ It believes that the new LightsOut software is the first unattended event monitoring program from a supplier of Unix-based fault-tolerant computers.
▪ The chips are targeted at embedded controls, portable and desktop computers, high-end fault-tolerant machines and supercomputers.
▪ From the foundry patterns for the pedestal down tO the fine machining, Taylor had presumably done it all.
▪ Stretching the lace as I sewed, I machined the lining to the lace with a multi-zig-zag stitch.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Machine \Ma*chine"\ (m[.a]*sh[=e]n"), n. [F., fr. L. machina machine, engine, device, trick, Gr. ?, from ? means, expedient. Cf. Mechanic.]

  1. In general, any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, etc.; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts, or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams, etc., with their supports and connecting framework, calculated to constitute a prime mover, or to receive force and motion from a prime mover or from another machine, and transmit, modify, and apply them to the production of some desired mechanical effect or work, as weaving by a loom, or the excitation of electricity by an electrical machine.

    Note: The term machine is most commonly applied to such pieces of mechanism as are used in the industrial arts, for mechanically shaping, dressing, and combining materials for various purposes, as in the manufacture of cloth, etc. Where the effect is chemical, or other than mechanical, the contrivance is usually denominated an apparatus or device, not a machine; as, a bleaching apparatus. Many large, powerful, or specially important pieces of mechanism are called engines; as, a steam engine, fire engine, graduating engine, etc. Although there is no well-settled distinction between the terms engine and machine among practical men, there is a tendency to restrict the application of the former to contrivances in which the operating part is not distinct from the motor.

  2. Any mechanical contrivance, as the wooden horse with which the Greeks entered Troy; a coach; a bicycle.

  3. A person who acts mechanically or at the will of another.

  4. A combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use; as, the social machine.

    The whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive.

  5. A political organization arranged and controlled by one or more leaders for selfish, private or partisan ends; the Tammany machine. [Political Cant]

  6. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.

    Elementary machine, a name sometimes given to one of the simple mechanical powers. See under Mechanical.

    Infernal machine. See under Infernal.

    Machine gun.See under Gun.

    Machine screw, a screw or bolt adapted for screwing into metal, in distinction from one which is designed especially to be screwed into wood.

    Machine shop, a workshop where machines are made, or where metal is shaped by cutting, filing, turning, etc.

    Machine tool, a machine for cutting or shaping wood, metal, etc., by means of a tool; especially, a machine, as a lathe, planer, drilling machine, etc., designed for a more or less general use in a machine shop, in distinction from a machine for producing a special article as in manufacturing.

    Machine twist, silken thread especially adapted for use in a sewing machine.

    Machine work, work done by a machine, in contradistinction to that done by hand labor.


Machine \Ma*chine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Machined; p. pr. & vb. n. Machining.] To subject to the action of machinery; to make, cut, shape, or modify with a machine; to effect by aid of machinery; to print with a printing machine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "structure of any kind," from Middle French machine "device, contrivance," from Latin machina "machine, engine, military machine; device, trick; instrument" (source also of Spanish maquina, Italian macchina), from Greek makhana, Doric variant of mekhane "device, means," related to mekhos "means, expedient, contrivance," from PIE *maghana- "that which enables," from root *magh- (1) "to be able, have power" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic mogo "be able," Old English mæg "I can;" see may (v.)).\n

\nMain modern sense of "device made of moving parts for applying mechanical power" (1670s) probably grew out of mid-17c. senses of "apparatus, appliance" and "military siege-tower." In late 19c. slang the word was used for both "penis" and "vagina," one of the few so honored. Political sense is U.S. slang, first recorded 1876. Machine age is attested by 1851:\n\nThe idea of remodelling society at public meetings is one of the least reasonable which ever entered the mind of an agitator: and the notion that the relations of the sexes can be re-arranged and finally disposed of by preamble and resolution, is one of the latest, as it should have been the last, vagary of a machine age.

["The Literary World," Nov. 1, 1851]

\nMachine for living (in) "house" translates Le Corbusier's machine à habiter (1923).

mid-15c., "decide, resolve," from Old French and Latin usages (see machine (n.)). Related: Machined; machining. Meaning "to make or form on a machine" is from 1878. Related: Machined; machining.\n


n. A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect. vb. 1 to make by machinery. 2 to shape or finish by machinery.

  1. v. turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

  2. make by machinery; "The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars"

  1. n. any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

  2. an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently; "the war machine"

  3. an efficient person; "the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine"

  4. 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" [syn: car, auto, automobile, motorcar]

  5. a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine" [syn: political machine]

  6. a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point [syn: simple machine]

Machine (Static-X album)

Machine is the second studio album from the American industrial metal band Static-X, released on May 22, 2001, and recorded at Studio 508 ( Los Angeles, California). When compared to the band's other albums, Machine features more electronics and industrial effects, and more screamed vocals from Wayne Static.

Machine (EP)

Machine is an EP by the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was released in 2002 by Touch and Go Records, and contains three songs from the Fever to Tell sessions. From this EP came one single, "Machine", which was released only in the UK.


A machine is a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action. Machines are usually powered by mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical means, and are often motorized. Historically, a power tool also required moving parts to classify as a machine. However, the advent of electronics has led to the development of power tools without moving parts that are considered machines.

A simple machine is a device that simply transforms the direction or magnitude of a force, but a large number of more complex machines exist. Examples include vehicles, electronic systems, molecular machines, computers, television, and radio.

Machine (band)

Machine was an American funk disco group, formed by Jay Stovall in 1977. The band started in New York City with the intent to create the disco equivalent of R&B message songs.

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1979, which produced its most famous single "There But for the Grace of God Go I". The song describes two Latino parents named Carlos and Carmen Vidal who move out of the Bronx to protect their baby daughter. In their new surroundings, their daughter is cut off from her own heritage and becomes self-destructive from the Vidals' cosseting. When the daughter grows up, her parents find she is the type of person from whom all their peers are trying to protect their own children. It ends with the mother's conclusion that "Too much love is worse than none at all." "There But for the Grace of God Go I" reached number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent ten weeks on the chart. Slant Magazine later named it the sixth greatest dance song, and Pitchfork Media included it in its collection of The Pitchfork 500. The song ended up being censored twice: the original lyrics in the 3rd verse "Popping Pills and Smoking Weed" were changed to "Gaining Weight and Losing Sleep" and later the first verse lyrics "Let's Find a Place they say, Somewhere Far Away, with No Blacks, No Jews and No Gays" was changed to "Let's Find a Place they say, Somewhere Far Away, where only upper class people stay".

Machine released its second and final album Moving On in 1980 with two accompanying singles, but the album suffered from poor sales. The group disbanded the following year, and August Darnell went on to form Kid Creole and the Coconuts, who released a cover of "There But for the Grace of God Go I" in 1980. In 2009, three of the band's original members, Jay Stovall, Kevin Nance, and Clare Bathé, reformed the act for a tour.

Machine (disambiguation)

A machine is a device that uses energy to perform some activity or task.

Machine, Machines, Machinery, The Machine, or The Machines may also refer to:

Machine (film)

Machine is a 2006 American action movie written and directed by Michael Lazar, and starring Lazar, James Russo and Neal McDonough. The film had theatrical debut October 29, 2006.

Machine (patent)

In United States patent law, a machine is one of the four principal categories of things that may be patented. The other three are a process (also termed a method), an article of manufacture (also termed a manufacture), and a composition of matter. In United States patent law, that same terminology has been in use since the first patent act in 1790 (with the exception that processes were formerly termed "arts").

In In re Nuitjen, 500 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2007), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said:

The Supreme Court has defined the term "machine" as "a concrete thing, consisting of parts, or of certain devices and combination of devices." Burr v. Duryee, 68 U.S. (1 Wall.) 531, 570 (1863). This "includes every mechanical device or combination of mechanical powers and devices to perform some function and produce a certain effect or result." Corning v. Burden, 56 U.S. 252, 267 (1854).

To this it might be added that the parts must interact (usually dynamically) with one another, for otherwise they might be parts of an article of manufacture. It has been considered grounds for rejecting or invalidating a machine claim as being directed to a "mere aggregation" if the parts were merely associated with one another without interacting functionally. An illustration of a mere aggregation would be the "combination" of a bathtub and a pencil sharpener. More recently, the "mere aggregation" ground of invalidity for a machine claim has been subsumed under obviousness.

Examples of machines are steam engines, sewing machines, and TV sets. Electronic circuits have usually been considered machines, although they may lack moving parts.

Machine (Crack the Sky album)

Machine is an album by the American Rock band Crack the Sky. The album was released on February 9, 2010. This is their fourteenth studio album.

Machine (novel)

Machine (機械, Kikai) is a 1930 novel by the Japanese author Riichi Yokomitsu ( 横光 利一).

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Machine (producer)

Gene Freeman, known professionally as Machine, is an American music producer and engineer who has worked with many bands, including Lamb of God, Clutch, Crobot and others.

Machine (mechanical)

Machines employ power to achieve desired forces and movement ( motion). A machine has a power source and actuators that generate forces and movement, and a system of mechanisms that shape the actuator input to achieve a specific application of output forces and movement. Modern machines often include computers and sensors that monitor performance and plan movement, and are called mechanical systems.

The meaning of the word "machine" is traced by the Oxford English Dictionary to an independently functioning structure and by Merriam-Webster Dictionary to something that has been constructed. This includes human design into the meaning of machine.

The adjective "mechanical" refers to skill in the practical application of an art or science, as well as relating to or caused by movement, physical forces, properties or agents such as is dealt with by mechanics. Similarly Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "mechanical" as relating to machinery or tools.

Power flow through a machine provides a way to understand the performance of devices ranging from levers and gear trains to automobiles and robotic systems. The German mechanician Franz Reuleaux wrote "a machine is a combination of resistant bodies so arranged that by their means the mechanical forces of nature can be compelled to do work accompanied by certain determinate motion." Notice that forces and motion combine to define power.

More recently, Uicker et al. stated that a machine is "a device for applying power or changing its direction." And McCarthy and Soh describe a machine as a system that "generally consists of a power source and a mechanism for the controlled use of this power."

Machine (Higdon)

Machine is a single-movement orchestral encore piece by the American composer Jennifer Higdon. The work was commissioned in 2003 by the National Symphony Orchestra through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestra Works. It was first performed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Giancarlo Guerrero on March 6, 2003.

Usage examples of "machine".

And if the intent-of-the-voter standard is appropriate for counting all absentee ballots, even those that are not damaged and could have been counted by machine, then how can it be inappropriate for counting all damaged and undamaged ballots?

Sending sensitive information by fax Policy: Before sending Sensitive information by fax to a machine that is located in an area accessible to other personnel, the sender shall transmit a cover page.

Clarke and Brander about this, neither could remember Acton actually using the machine.

Imbs was practicing his complicated piece, the so-called adagio, and the machinist, with a manipulation of the black switch box, had turned off all the machines for the time required to go through the piece three times.

Tosevites have to be addled to come up into space in your inadequate machines.

Terrace Watson was seated behind his desk in the inner office, surrounded by file cabinets, an addressograph machine, a postage meter, a voice typer, and a computer with memory storage.

There are several telephones, seven or eight chairs, two racks on wheels that contain all the charts, and an Addressograph machine used when we order lab studies, X-rays, or tests on patients.

He, I know--for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made--thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.

In his imagination he saw the Prescott aeroplane eliminated as a naval possibility, and the field clear for the selection of the Mortlake machine.

Thirty seconds later sixteen of them were crouched on the aft hull, all carrying machine guns, wearing balaclava hoods and wired into their walkie-talkies.

But the third great transformation, and the most important, after agriculture, Goudsblom said, was industrialisation, the union of fire with water, to produce in the first instance steam, harnessing a new form of energy which enabled machines of unprecedented size and power to perform certain routine skills much better and much faster than was possible by hand.

At once the riding became easier, for the moment a gust of wind hit the machine on one side, the elevators and ailerons shifted and counteracted its uneven effect.

He remembered the instructor at the air club speak about a Civil War airman who had short legs and had small blocks of wood attached to the pedals of his machine in order to be able to reach them.

The lanky slicer was peering through an access panel with his magnispecs flipped down, manipulating a micrograbber in each hand and muttering to himself in a high-pitched, staccato manner that sounded alarmingly like machine code.

The machine, to serve in the field, shifted its cipher alphabet irregularly by means of gears.