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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Automaton  \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 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  automata 
 
  {automaton} 
 
 




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