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robot

ro·bot

robot

 
pronunciation:
ro bat
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mechanical device, esp. one controlled electronically, that can perform physical tasks of a human being, often used in industrial assembly or the like.
Robots are often used in factories to accomplish extremely repetitive tasks.Some people fear that robots will replace humans in too many jobs.
 
similar words:
automaton
definition 2: a person who moves or acts mechanically, without thought or feeling.
I think I've lost all creativity at work and simply become a robot.
similar words:
automaton, machine
derivations: robotic (adj.), robotlike (adj.)
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Robot comes from a Czech word that means "forced labor." The word robot was first used in a play about mechanical men that were built to do all the hard physical labor of a society.
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