Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “machine”

See all translations

machine

noun [C] uk   /məˈʃiːn/ us  

machine noun [C] (PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

A2 a piece of equipment with several moving parts that uses power to do a particular type of work: The different sizes of eggs are sorted by a machine. If I'm not home when you call, leave a message on the machine (= answering machine). Don't forget to put the towels in the machine (= washing machine) before you go out. I got some chocolate from a vending machine.
More examples

machine noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a computer: You'll need a powerful machine for editing videos.

machine noun [C] (VEHICLE)

informal a vehicle, often a motorcycle: approving That's a mean (= powerful) machine you've got there, Bill.

machine noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

a group of people who control and organize something: Churchill's war machine The party machine has swung into action with its preparation for the election. It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to restore the leader's image.

machine

verb [T] uk   /məˈʃiːn/ us  
to sew cloth with a sewing machine: I've almost finished making the curtains - I just have to machine the hem.
(Definition of machine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of machine?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “machine” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

festoon

to decorate a room or other place for a special occasion by hanging coloured paper, lights, or flowers around it, especially in curves

Word of the Day

Party Talk (The language of party chat)

by Kate Woodford,
December 23, 2014
​​​ With the party season in full swing (= at its busiest now), we consider the language of socializing (= enjoying yourself with other people). We’re looking especially at words and phrases which are used to describe the different ways that people behave at a party and the sort of conversations that party

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More