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machine

noun [C]
 
 
/məˈʃiːn/
PRODUCTION a piece of equipment with moving parts that uses power to do a particular type of work: The machines were designed to make bottles from recycled plastic.operate/use a machine Now only a few people are required to operate the computerized machines. install/service a machine Soft drink companies began installing vending machines in schools. Is the machine working again? a machine breaks down The machine broke down and we had to call someone to come and mend it. a washing/sewing/copying machine Slowly feed the paper into the copying machine.a machine for (doing) sth He invented a machine for setting type. They use a special machine to scan the bone. by machine The votes are counted by machine. a machine operator/maker
IT a computer: You'll need a powerful machine for editing videos. Most machines running these programs have poor network connections.
a group of people who control and organize something: political/publicity machine The publicity machine will not quit when the book tour grinds to a halt. The hard left wanted ministers to be accountable to the party machine. His business empire has grown into a well-oiled machine.
→  See also answering machine , automated teller machine , cancellation machine , cash machine , dictation machine , fax , franking machine , mailing machine , tape machine , ticker-tape machine , vending machine
(Definition of machine noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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